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UK to Test Electric Car-Charging Highway Technology

posted: 08/12/15
by: Renee Morad for Discovery News
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Electric cars need charging just like gasoline tanks need filling.

Today, the UK government announced that, later this year, it will begin testing electric highways designed to power electric and hybrid vehicles.

The technology could enable EV drivers to travel longer distances without having to stop to charge their car.

During the trial period, wireless technology will be implemented in the test cars. Meanwhile, equipment will be installed underneath the roads used during the experiment to mimic various driving conditions.

"Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever increasing pace and we're committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on our England's motorways and major A roads," Mike Wilson, Highways England chief highways engineer, said in a press release.

The test run is expected to last about 18 months and could be followed by on-road trials. The UK government plans to unveil more specific details about the project once a contractor is secured.

In addition to these so-called electric highways, the government also plans to install plug-in charging points every 20 miles along the UK's motorways. This was inspired by the UK's Road Investment Strategy, which outlines a number of goals, from improving road conditions to making them more sustainable and adding more lanes to improve traffic and safety.

"The potential to recharge low emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities," Transport Minister Andrew Jones said in the press release.

He went on to say, "The government is already committing 500 million pounds over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology, which will help boost jobs and growth in the sector."

via Wired

This post originally appeared on Discovery News

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