Stationary wireless charging
Highways England announced a new ambitious trial project of dynamic wireless power transfer to enable EVs to drive using electricity from the grid.
Later this year, the UK will launch an 18-month off-road trial, which could be followed by on-road trials.
Ability to charge during driving on the highway for sure would completely transform electric mobility, but there are so many technological, standardization and investment issues that we don't think this will catch on.
For now, Highways England stays committed to installing plug-in charging points every 20 miles.
"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."
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:
"The potential to recharge low emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities. 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."
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 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."