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In line with the government’s policy to increase sales and usage of electric vehicles (EV) as a way to reduce emissions and dependency on fossil fuels in Britain, Highways England, a government-owned company, has announced an 18-month trial of a new type of roads that can charge EVs as they drive on it, to extend its mileage.

With limited range as the main problem, roads that can charge an EV is said to be a part of the solution to change the peoples perception on EVs among other strategies like more charging stations and better battery technology.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones was quoted in various reports saying, “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.”

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Highways England is said to install wireless technology on an EV and special electric cables buried under the roads that will generate electromagnetic fields, which will then be picked up by a coil inside the EV’s wireless device and convert it into electricity.

“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.” said Highways England Chief Highways Engineer Mike Wilson.

The 18-month trial is said to begin later this year following the completion of a feasibility study.


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