Highways England confirms that testing of dynamic wireless power transfer charging technology will get under way in late 2015

Trials of the technology to charge electric cars while they drive will begin later this year.

The trial seeks to assess how 'on the move' charging technologies can work safely and effectively on major road routes, enabling electric cars to travel long distances without the extended breaks needed for conventional plug-in recharging.

The move to formal trialling follows on from preliminary studies commissioned by Highways England that suggested such technology was feasible. Highways England chief highways engineer Mike Wilson said: "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."

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: "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."

The 18-month trial involves installing suitable charging infrastructure under the test roads and using specially adapted vehicles to assess the effectiveness of the technology. Car manufacturers and technology partners involved in testing will be announced later in the year. 

In addition to wireless charging technology, Highways England confirmed its commitment to installing plug-in charging points every 20 miles on the motorway network as part of the government’s Road Investment Strategy.

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13 August 2015
You would only need this system on motorways and dual carriageways but it would allow electric cars to travel large distances. Combined with the ever improving battery technology and this could be a bit step forward. Except - who will pay for it to be installed and how much will it cost to use?

13 August 2015
Exciting development. Will consign ICE to history even sooner.

13 August 2015
Not sure what you mean but if it's sarcastic then can you tell me what year plug-in sales will stop growing at such a high rate?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

13 August 2015
I am worried with the technical side: EMC and EMI above all. other the other hand, who will pay & maintain the infrastructure running 100% with no breakdowns?

I want to see fast charging outlets first...

13 August 2015
heh Tell you what,
Lets work out a way we can fix the existing roads rather than try to electrify them.
Under the current quality levels we will have bare cables after one winter and loss of power
So lets try and spend the money on properly fixing existing roads first before embarking on a future idea. Get the basics right first!!!

13 August 2015
You could be waiting for a very long time, @Pistachio! Properly fixing roads is likely to be very expensive and disruptive, particularly if it is the road foundations that have worn out. Having said that, when I have taken the trouble to report a pothole to my local authority, it gets fixed in reasonable timescale. Possibly more people could do this, it might help a bit.

13 August 2015
I wonder how safe it'll be for other sensitive electronic equipment, like pacemakers? Already Jaguar can't give any reassurance that the internal circuits in the new XE won't harm those with pacemakers. The NHS alone fits around 25,000/year.

13 August 2015
Not just with pacemakers but other electronic items. Additionally, studies of electric fields are far from conclusive as to the safety of being continuously exposed to them.

13 August 2015
Sounds technical. Need this to succeed for electric cars to catch up with the conventionally engine cars.

14 August 2015
what a load of nonsense. its taken a decade to get those pointless road signs put up and they are still going.... just driven down the M3 at 50 almost the whole way. This is fiction. as for plugs every 20 miles - where exactly are they going to be put? there isnt even a hard shoulder left on most motorways. i dont know why autocar spout this nonsense without any editorial judgement. just stopped my subscription.

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