The Future of wireless charging roads
Do you dislike the idea of driving an electric vehicle (EV) in case it runs out of power? Well, what if the roads themselves could charge your car as you drove to work?
According to GizMag, Highways England - a government body that ensures the UK's motorways and A roads are able to operate - plans have been revealed to conduct off-road trials of below-surface wireless charging technology, so that EVs can be powered wirelessly while driving on designated roads.
It's not the first time this idea has been suggested - Stanford University also explored the concept to power public transport in Korea; but it is said to be the first time it has ever been trialed.
The project will explore whether the charging technology would be a safe and viable addition to the country's roads. The equipment will be installed beneath a test-road surface, and a number of EVs will be fitted with the corresponding wireless technology. The trials, which begin later this year, will mimic real-life motorway conditions and are expected to last 18 months; although the full details have yet to be released.
If the test proves to be successful, then it means that EVs could drive for even longer distances without needing to stop and find a re-charging point. There would also be plug-in charging stations every 20 miles (32km) along the route.
Andrew Jones, the UK's transport minister, noted that the possibility of charging these vehicles wirelessly while on the move "offers exciting possibilities and that the government was continuing "to explore options on how to improve journeys and make low-emission vehicles accessible to families and businesses."