Imagine not having to pull over or wait until you reach the nearest station to get to fuel your car. A highway in the UK is planning to implement this soon for drivers of electric vehicles. The road called Highways England will have special electromagnetic field generating equipment that will be buried underneath the path of a specified lane for electric re-charging while automobiles will be fitted with wireless technology to accommodate the process of transforming electromagnetic fields into electricity.
The electric re-charging lanes will however run for 18 months as a trial before a final decision is made to move the project to public roads. In 2013, the South Korean town of Gumi switched on a 12km (7.5 miles) route that allows special buses to be charged with similar technology which means that the charging technology is not the first of its kind.
“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,” chief highways engineer of Highways England, Mike Wilson, wrote. “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.”
In aims of keeping Britain at the forefront of this technology the government is already committing £500 million over the next five years.