End of Range Anxiety is Near! UK Testing Car Charging Roads

By: | September 3rd, 2015

Image courtesy Highways England

While electric cars are becoming popular day by day, the drivers of electric cars are under constant fear of running out of charge in the middle of nowhere.

Charging stations are still rare, and are generally available only in urban centers. Longer journeys often require multiple stops for a lengthy recharge.

Now, to alleviate the ‘range anxiety’ among electric car drivers, England plans to test the electric motorways that will charge your electric vehicle while you drive on them.

Image courtesy Highways England

Image courtesy Highways England

The technology will help drivers travel long distances without stopping to charge the vehicle’s battery.

These under-the-road, ‘dynamic charging’ systems will work in a similar way to wireless mobile phone chargers. An electromagnetic transmitter buried under the asphalt will offer contactless charging to the vehicles fitted with charging receivers.

Trials are slated to begin later this year.

The under-road charging system technology will be tested on private roads. If the technology is found suitable during the 18-month test period, it will be introduced to the public highways as well.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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