Off-road trials of the technology needed to power electric and hybrid vehicles on England’s major roads are due to take place later this year.
The trials are the first of their kind and will test how the technology would work safely and effectively on the country’s motorways and major A roads, allowing drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles to travel long distances without needing to stop and charge the car’s battery.
The trials follow the completion of the feasibility study commissioned by Highways England into ‘dynamic wireless power transfer’ technologies.
Highways England chief highways engineer, Mike Wilson, said, “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.”
The trials are expected to begin later this year following the completion of an ongoing procurement process. The trials will involve fitting vehicles with wireless technology and testing the equipment installed underneath the road to replicate motorway conditions. Full details of the trials will be publicized when a successful contractor has been appointed.
The trials are expected to last for approximately 18 months and, subject to the results, could be followed by on-road trials.
August 20, 2015