Drive Dynamics — The UK is testing out roads that charge electric cars as they go.
A trial in England is hoping to significantly boost the range of electric cars by introducing roads that can charge the vehicles as they drive along them.
Unless you happen to own a Tesla and live near a supercharging station, the current battery life of electric cars doesn’t go incredibly far. While electric cars may get 260 miles to a full charge, gas-guzzling cars can get 300 miles or more.
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Highways England announced last week that it is embarking on an 18-month scheme to trial charging lanes after completing an early feasibility study. (The testing won’t be on public roads just yet, though.)
During the trials, vehicles will be fitted with wireless technology and special equipment will be installed beneath roads to replicate motorway conditions. Electric cables buried under the surface will generate electromagnetic fields, which will be picked up by a coil inside the device and converted into electricity.
The trial is set to take place later this year; full details will be revealed once a contractor has been appointed. There will be a potential followup on real roads.
Transport minister Andrew Jones says that “the government is already committing £500 million over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology.”
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