Roads that Able to Charge Electric Cars Being Tested in United Kingdom

Electric cars do not travel that far. On average, they may be travelling up to 260 miles for a full charge before they needed to be recharged again. Unfortunately, charging stations also can not be easily found along the road. Therefore, the alternative solution is to introduce roads which are able to charge as the vehicle move on top of them.

Highway England recently announced that they are going to do trial tests on charging lanes as they have completed the early feasibility study stage. The trial tests are expected to run for 18 months, however, there is no detail on when the trial will takes place. Most probably more details will be released after a contractor has been appointed. During the trials, vehicles will be equipped by wireless technology and special equipment will be installed beneath roads to replicate motorway conditions. Underneath the roads, electric cables are installed which will generate electromagnetic fields and then picked up by coil inside the device and then converted into electricity.

Andrew Jones, Transport minister said that the government was already committing £500 million over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology. Apparently this kind of trial is not the first of its kind. A stretch of road with length of 7.5-mile (12km) which is able to charge electric buses has been tested in South Korea via a process called Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance (SMFIR).


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