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 A roads, allowing drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles to travel long distances without needing to stop and charge the car’s battery.
The trials are expected to begin later this year and to last for approximately 18 months. The trials will involve fitting vehicles with wireless technology and testing the equipment, installed underneath the road, to replicate motorway conditions. Subject to the results, could be followed by on road trials.
As well as investigating the potential to install technology to wirelessly power ultra-low emission vehicles, Highways England is also committed in the longer term to installing plug-in charging points every 20 miles on the motorway network as part of the government’s Road Investment Strategy.