UK trials of wireless charging tech to begin which year
Source : UK trials of wireless charging tech to begin which year
Highways England confirms which testing of dynamic wireless power transfer charging technology will get under way in late 2015
Trials of the technology to charge electric cars while they drive will begin later which year.
The trial seeks to assess how ‘on the move’ charging technologies can work safely as well as effectively on major road routes, enabling electric cars to travel long distances without the extended breaks needed for conventional plug-in recharging.
The move to formal trialling follows on by preliminary studies commissioned by Highways England which suggested such technology was feasible. Highways England chief highways engineer Mike Wilson said: “Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever increasing pace as well as we’re committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on England’s motorways as well as major A-roads.”
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “The government is actually already committing £500 million over the next several years to keep Britain at the forefront of which technology, which will help boost jobs as well as growth within the sector. As which study shows, we continue to explore options on how to improve journeys as well as make low-emission vehicles accessible to families as well as businesses.”
The 18-month trial involves installing suitable charging infrastructure under the test roads as well as using specially adapted vehicles to assess the effectiveness of the technology. Car manufacturers as well as technology partners involved in testing will be announced later within the year.
In addition to wireless charging technology, Highways England confirmed its commitment to installing plug-in charging points every 20 miles on the motorway network as part of the government’s Road Investment Strategy.
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