UK announces off-road trials for electric highways technology
13 August 2015
The UK is to lead the way in the area of electric vehicle technology with the announcement of the testing of electric highways, roads capable of charging vehicles on the move.
Off-road trials of the technology are due to take place later this year. The trials are the first of their kind and will test how the technology would work safely and effectively on the country’s motorways and major roads, allowing drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles to travel long distances without needing to stop and charge the car’s battery.
The trials follow the completion of the feasibility study commissioned by Highways England into ‘dynamic wireless power transfer’ technologies.
“Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever increasing pace and we’re committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on England’s motorways and major A roads,” said Highways England’s chief engineer Mike Wilson.
“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.”
The trials are expected to begin later this year following the completion of an ongoing procurement process. They will involve fitting vehicles with wireless technology and testing the equipment, installed underneath the road, to replicate motorway conditions.
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