London : In a first-of-its-kind trial, UK is testing a road surface that can charge low-emission electric and hybrid vehicles on the go. Off road trials of the technology needed to power electric cars on England’s major roads 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. “The potential to recharge low emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities. The government is already committing 500 million pounds over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology, which will help boost jobs and growth in the sector”, said Transport Minister Andrew Jones in a statement.