Fantastic news today for all electric vehicle lovers in the UK, as Highways England has just announced that testing into wireless, under-road EV charging will commence later this year.
Thought to be the first scheme of its kind in the world, the 18-month trial will take place on private roads to determine whether wireless technology could be used to stop EV owners running out of juice when spanning the roads of Great Britain in the near future.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones commented: “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.”
Could this be the final nail in the coffin of all those range anxiety sufferers out there? The concept reminds us of how electric trains use an overhead power supply to keep them on the move, so why not use similar concepts for cars?
This is set to be the start of a very exciting time for electric cars in the UK.