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August 12, 2015

UK to trial technology to charge electric vehicles on the go

Off road trials will be undertaken later this year.

By CBR Staff Writer

Highways England is testing a new technology that could allow electric and hybrid vehicles to automatically recharge as they drive.

Off road trials of the technology will be undertaken later this year after a procurement process. They follow a feasibility study into dynamic wireless transfer technologies, commissioned by Highways England.

The trials will test how the technology would work on the country’s motorways and major A roads, which will be completed in 18 months after which on-road trials will begin start.

As part of the tests, electric cars will be fitted with wireless technology and testing equipment installed below the road. It is designed to reflect motorway conditions.

Full details are expected to be released once a contractor has been selected to undertake the project.

UK Transport Minister Andrew Jones 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."

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Highways England chief highways engineer Mike Wilson said: "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."

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