Highways England has announced plans to test wireless technology by building it under UK motorways and major A roads. Simultaneously charging whilst driving saves the need to stop for hours on end for the car to charge. It also keeps those parking bays free for those who are not currently on the motorway or an A road to charge their vehicle.
The government agency has completed the initial feasibility study and is moving on to the next phase of the project: the off-road trials . Once these are completed, assuming they are successful of course, Highways England intend to move to “real world” testing.
The off-road trials are expected to start later this year and will last for approximately 18 months. The technology has already been implemented in Korea, where they use it to power buses on a dedicated charging circuit. However, these trials are unique in that they are focusing on the technology functioning on a larger scale.
Wireless technology has the potential to allow EVs to be driven without stopping at all. The car will essentially be charged on the go.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:
“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.”
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.”