Have you ever considered getting an electric car; and then thought better of it due to the distance you would be able to travel on one charge.
This could be a thought of the past with planned charging lanes which utilise wireless charging technology similar to the technology used in the new Apple iWatch.
There have already been tests like this in South Korea, but this will be the first of its kind in the UK. The trials are to start at the end of the year and then anticipated to take 18 months to produce an Electric Car. If trials are successful, plans include motorway-testing lanes. Does this then mean that the motorways are going to expand? Can only an electric car use this lane?
Charging electric cars on the go could be one the most major innovations of a generation. In theory, roads equipped with this technology could allow drivers not to stop from one end of the country to another. With some manufactures, also embracing solar panel charging the only reason to stop is to let the driver refuel.
Combine this technology with driverless cars and the thoughts are overwhelming.
As well as investigating the potential to install technology; Highways England is also dedicated in the longer-term to installing plug-in charging points every 20 miles on the motorway. The charging could potentially work for all types of vehicles; and since it goes under the road, it will not require building any mechanisms above ground.
Electric and hybrid cars are on the rise with 366% more cars than last year. The UK Government has committed itself to reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050.
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