England’s road network manager, Highways England, has announced that it will test technology that could power electric and hybrid vehicles as they travel on major roads in the country.

If successful and fully rolled-out, the technology would allow drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles to travel long distances without needing to stop and charge the car’s battery

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 roads.

‘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,’ Highways England chief highways engineer Mike Wilson said.

Expected to begin later this year, the trials follow the completion of the feasibility study (link is external) commissioned by Highways England into ‘dynamic wireless power transfer’ technologies. The trials will involve fitting vehicles with wireless technology and testing the equipment, installed underneath the road, to replicate motorway conditions.

The trials are expected to last for approximately 18 months and, subject to the results, could be followed by on-road trials.

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