Highways England, the government-owned company that manages England’s road network, plans to conduct off-road trials of a system that can charge EVs as they roll down the motorway. The trials follow a feasibility study into ‘dynamic wireless power transfer’ technologies, completed by TRL and Halcrow.
“The potential to recharge low-emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities,” said Transport Minister Andrew Jones. “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.”
“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 and major A roads,” said Highways England Chief Highways Engineer Mike Wilson. “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 will involve fitting vehicles with wireless technology and testing the charging equipment, installed underneath the road, in a way that replicates motorway conditions. They are expected to begin this year following a competitive procurement process, should last about 18 months and, subject to the results, could be followed by on-road trials.