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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