Wireless electric vehicle charging tests to go ahead

August 12 2015  

Wireless electric vehicle charging tests to go ahead
Trials of technology that could allow electric and hybrid vehicles to continuously charge up while travelling on the strategic road network are due to begin later this year, Highways England has revealed.
 
These off road tests follow completion of a feasibility study into dynamic wireless power transfer technologies carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).
 
“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,” said Highways England’s chief highways engineer Mike Wilson.
 
TRL chief scientist Alan Stevens explained that the idea is to use multiple road-installed inductive loops along a stretch of roadway in order to charge vehicles when moving at motorway speeds.
 
“From our research, we concluded that the idea has great potential and recommended a series of pavement tests, test track trials, limited road trials and further stakeholder engagement.”
 
Trials will now aim to establish how the technology would work safely and effectively to allow drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles to travel long distances without needing to stop and charge the car’s battery.
 
Mr Wilson added that this would “help to create a more sustainable road network for England and open up new opportunities for businesses that transport goods across the country”.
 
Testing is expected to get under way once a contractor has been appointed and will last for approximately 18 months. Subject to results, this could be followed by on road trials.
 
(Photo: Highways England)

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