UK to test motorways that charge electric cars while driving

The UK government is to test stretches of road that can power electric and hybrid vehicles while they are driving.

The tests will determine how the technology would work safely and effectively, allowing drivers of low emission vehicles to travel long distances without needing to stop to charge the car’s battery.

The trials on private roads are expected to last for approximately 18 months, then will move onto motorways and major A roads depending on the results.

The tests will involve fitting vehicles with wireless technology and testing the equipment installed underneath the road, to replicate motorway conditions.

A contractor has yet to be chosen for the trial.

A £200,000 feasibility study is nearing completion.

Andrew Jones, UK Transport Minister 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: "(The trials) will help to create a more sustainable road network for England and open up new opportunities for businesses that transport goods across the country."

Highways England will install plug-in charging points every 20 miles on the motorway network as part of the government’s Road Investment Strategy.

Image: The Spaghetti Junction interchange on the M6 motorway in Birmingham, England (Wikimedia Commons/Highway Agency)

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  1. A great idea! However when will the car manufacturers one and all install integral body profiled roof and bonnet photo voltaic cells into all their new cars as a standard self generating auxiliary electrical power source to the car’s battery or batteries for hybrids or electricity powered vehicles on our roads?!

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