Britain set to build a road which charges up electric cars as they move
SCI & TECH
By Mirror | August 11th 2015
LONDON: Britain is preparing to test incredible new technology which will power electric cars as they move.
Later this year, Highways England will build an experimental road which can charge up battery-powered cars wirelessly.
The off-road trials will see electric and hybrid engine vehicles fitted with wireless charging capabilities, which will then be charged by equipment built underneath the road surface.
This means cars would not have to stop in order to re-charge an electric battery on long journeys.
If the trial is successful, the tech could be installed on motorways and major A roads.
Getty Experimental: The Mercedes Benz F015, an electric and driverless concept car
Experimental: The Mercedes Benz F015, an electric and driverless concept car
Mike Wilson, Highways England chief engineer, said: "Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever-increasing pace, and we're committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on our England's motorways and major A roads.
"The off-road trials of wireless power technology will help to create a more sustainable road network for England and open up new opportunities for businesses that transport goods across the country."
Transport minister Andrew Jones added: "The potential to recharge low emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities.
"The Government is already committing £500 million over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology, which will help boost jobs and growth in the sector.
"As this study shows, we continue to explore options on how to improve journeys and make low-emission vehicles accessible to families and businesses."
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, since 2001 more than 35,000 electric cars have been registered in the UK.
As well as these trials, Highways England said it was "committed" to installing plug-in charging points for electric cars every 20 miles on the country's motorway network, as part of the Government's Road Investment Strategy.
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