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