UK is testing roads that charge electric cars

Electric cars are not very popular in many countries yet, but the story is quite different in Europe, where more and more people are choosing to purchase an EV. And, although they are more sustainable than conventional cars, these vehicles have an annoying problem: the batteries need to be recharged every certain amount of kilometers traveled. But, unlike fuel powered cars, where you can fill the tank up in seconds, electric cars require some time to be recharged. The UK seems to have thought up of a clever idea to solve this problem.

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Highways England set out to implement a pioneering technology that will allow electric car users to not have to stop to recharge their vehicles. For the system to work, the car would have be equipped with wireless technology and have to travel on specific roads. Electric cables are buried underneath these roads to generate electromagnetic fields which are caught by a coil inside the vehicle and converted into electricity.

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“Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever increasing pace and we’re committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on England’s motorways and major A roads,” wrote Highways England chief highways engineer, Mike Wilson. “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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For now, the technology will be implemented as a test for 18 months. After that, the need to expand the project to public roads will be evaluated. The same system was implemented earlier in the South Korean city of Gumi, which allow special buses to be charged during a 12km road.

Source: Highways England