- Most electric cars need recharging after around 100 miles of driving
- But the new system will remove the need for lengthy stops
- Technology could be installed on motorways and major English A roads
Technology that allows electric cars to be powered by equipment underneath the road surface is to be trialled in England.
Most electric cars need recharging after around 100 miles but the new system, called ‘dynamic wireless power transfer’, will remove the need for lengthy stops.
The trials using specially adapted cars are expected to begin this year and, if successful, Highways England said it would look at the feasibility of installing the technology on motorways and major A roads.
Most electric cars need recharging after around 100 miles but the new system, called ‘dynamic wireless power transfer’, will remove the need for lengthy stops. Pictured is an electric car at a charging point
There are also plans to install chargers every 20 miles on the motorway network.
More than 35,000 electric cars have been registered in the UK since 2001.
Highways England Chief Highways Engineer Mike Wilson 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.’
More than 35,000 electric cars have been registered in the UK since 2001. Pictured is a Renault’s charging socket
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.’
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