If you are living in the UK and you have an electric car, you might be in for the best news about it in a very long time: Highways England has announced that it is planning to test roads that are going to charge your car.
Yes, the government agency is going to implement technology required to power up hybrid and electric vehicles on England’s most important roads. The test is going to occur later this year and the agency has already stated that it is interested whether this technology is going to be safe and effective on the country’s motorways.
This declaration did not come unchecked, however. Highways England has already undergone a utility study in which they examined the potential to add “dynamic charging systems” under the toads’ surface. This is going to help drivers travel for a longer period of time without stopping to recharge their vehicles’ battery.
Andrew Jones, the UK Transport Minister, is looking forward to this new implementation stating that it offers “exciting possibilities”. The Government has already invested a tremendous amount of money into the project: around $781 million.
And this is not the only goal that the project is striving to achieve. It is also going to give Britain an edge in the technological field while boosting jobs and the growth sector. The implementation also provides a solid starting point for further developments and it is going to make electric cars more affordable for businesses and families.
Highways England is now waiting for bids from companies that are interested in hosting these trials. They will begin in late 2015 and will most likely last for 18 months, surpassing 2016. The company declared that vehicles will be tested on motorways which will have the appropriate technology installed and they will measure its effectiveness.
While the trial outcome is not yet known, Highways England is planning on applying the technology on actual roads if everything goes according to plan. The company also mentioned that these trials will “open up new opportunities for businesses that transport goods across the country”.
All that remains right now is for us to hope that the trials go well and that we might see a technological implementation in the following years. Being able to permanently recharge an electric car could benefit not only businesses, but our day to day lives significantly.
If this project were to succeed, we could witness a decrease in gas consumption and in pollution. We could actually help restore our planet.
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