The UK is trialling a new road surface that charges your electric car as you drive

One of the problems with being on the cutting edge of electric car technology is you’re not as sure of being able to find a filling station as all the petrol-burning drivers around you. If a new road surface being trialled in the UK finds wider use, that sort of ‘range anxiety’ could be gone for good – the roads actually charge your car as you drive.

Highways England, the government organisation responsible for road infrastructure maintenance, is beginning tests later this year. A select number of cars will be fitted with the requisite wireless charging technology, and a test road will be built to show how smaller sub-stations, AC/AC converters, and power transfer loops can provide inductive charging built into the road itself.

The exact details of the technology and how it works won’t be confirmed until a contractor is appointed to set up the test route, but the aim will be to simulate motorway conditions as closely as possible. It’s not yet clear how much of a charge the tarmac is going to provide, but it would certainly increase the amount of time cars could last between full charges at home or a designated charging station. Source: The UK is trialling a new road surface that charges your electric car as you drive

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