UK to trial “electric highways” to recharge electric cars on the go

Drivers in England could one day charge their electric and hybrid cars on the move, thanks to new under-road charging technology set to be trialled later in 2015.

Highways England has announced off-road trials for “dynamic wireless power transfer” technologies, which would allow drivers to travel long distances without stopping to charge the car.

The trials will seek to establish whether the technology could work safely and effectively on motorways and A roads around the country, the government-owned maintenance company said.

The Transport Minister Android Jones MP said the tech offers “exciting possibilities” and is part of a £500m government investment to put the UK at the forefront of the sector.

He 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.”

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As part of the trials, the electric cars will be fitted with wireless equipment required to harness current from the below ground lines.

In a press release sent out on Tuesday (via Wired), Highways England said the trials will last for 18 months and could be followed by on-road trials.

The company also added it’s committed to installing e-car charging stations at 20-mile intervals across the motorway network.