The government is to trial wireless charging of electric cars later this year.
Off-road trials of the technology needed to power electric and hybrid vehicles on England’s major roads are due to take place later in 2015.
The trials are the first of their kind and will test how the technology would work safely and effectively on the country’s motorways and major A roads, allowing drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles to travel long distances without needing to stop and charge the car’s battery.
The trials follow the completion of the feasibility study commissioned by Highways England into ‘dynamic wireless power transfer’ technologies and involve fitting vehicles with wireless technology and testing the equipment, installed underneath the road, to replicate motorway conditions.
The trials are expected to last for approximately 18 months and, subject to the results, could be followed by on-road trials.
Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “The potential to recharge low emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities. The government is already committing £500m over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology, which will help boost jobs and growth in the sector. We continue to explore options on how to improve journeys and make low-emission vehicles accessible to families and businesses.”