UK Testing Wireless Charging Roads, Electric Vehicle Owners Rejoice

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The automotive industry is clearly moving at least slightly in the direction of electric vehicles to wean us from our dependence on foreign oil. Some manufacturers – such as Tesla – have gone whole-hog into electric vehicles while others such as Nissan, Chevy, and others have at least dipped their toes into the water. If there’s one thing holding back adoption of electric vehicles it’s almost certainly range anxiety, or the fear that you will be stranded somewhere without access to a charging station to refill your vehicle. In a lot of ways, this is a chicken vs. egg situation: should infrastructure for charging stations be built before a more widespread adoption of electric vehicles? Or would adoption simply increase once sufficient infrastructure is in place?

Engineers in the UK have taken a pretty major step in the direction of charging infrastructure with the unveiling of a project to embed wireless charging into roads, allowing electric vehicles to charge while they drive. The first phase of this experiment will be off-road trials, or away from public roadways and is expected to last for 18 months. Pending the results of this study, the technology could be moved to roads all over the UK allowing electric vehicle drivers to potentially be rid of range anxiety for good.

Speaking of the project, Highways England Chief Highways Engineer Mike Wilson:

Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever increasing pace and we’re committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on our England’s motorways and major A roads.

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.

While real, on-road trials are still quite a ways off, it’s exciting to see the UK take steps to invigorate electric vehicle adoption in their country. You can read more about the project and its implementation at the source link below.


What do you think? Would you like to see these sorts of wireless charging lanes wherever you live? Are you in the UK and are you excited about this possibility? Tell us in the comment section below or on any of your favorite social media sites.

  Source: Highways England
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