The British government says it’s planning to initiate a new program intended to test on-the-move charging stations for electric and hybrid cars and trucks. The program, which is expected to get under way before the end of 2015, would reportedly run for a year and a half.
The government says the project will be carried out by a public firm known as Highways England, which has been tasked with discovering methods for improving the nation’s often-congested highway system.
The goal is to build a dependable dynamic charging system. The British government says it’s willing to put up roughly half a million UK pounds (or nearly $800 million) over the next five years to make sure it’s successful.
If everything goes according to plan, the project will result in the construction of highways with built-in charging packs capable of wirelessly re-charging electric and hybrid vehicles as they drive along. These vehicles will need to have a special receiver mounted underneath for the charging to work properly. It’s still not clear how such a device will be built, sold or distributed, but Highways England says it will have more precise details in the coming months.
If successful, the project could alleviate the ever-present range anxiety associated with electric vehicles. Consumers routinely admit that they’re worried about making the switch to an electric car because they worry about being stranded by a dead battery.
Mike Wilson, Highways England’s chief highway engineer, says he believes there’s plenty of reason to be excited about the new project and the government’s commitment to seeing it through.
“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,” Wilson said.