UK roads to charge electric cars as they drive

Published: August 21, 2015
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PHOTO: REUTERS

PHOTO: REUTERS

The British government is soon to test road technology which allows drivers of electric and hybrid cars to charge their vehicles as easily as they charge their phones.

The new motorway will enable electric cars to charge as they drive, using magnetic induction technology. This invention will help drivers avoid making frequent stops to charge their vehicles.

“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,” Transport Minister Andrew Jones said.

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While adding that “As this study shows, we continue to explore options on how to improve journeys and make low-emission vehicles accessible to families and businesses.”

Currently, most electric cars are charged while they are parked at home or on the streets using plug-in charges.

Despite the high prices, these cars are only able to travel long distances if extended breaks are taken in order to recharge them.

The initiative which is likely to begin later this year, is set to fall into place once engineers install wireless technology in test vehicles that have the ability to convert electromagnetic fields from the surface of the motorway into electric power.

“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,” the government’s chief highways engineer, Mike Wilson said.

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Further, the charging lane will contain a communication system, allowing it to detect an approaching car.

However, the trial for now will be restricted to areas where regular drivers are not allowed.

This article originally appeared on CNN Money

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