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LONDON — an attempt in England is working to significantly boost the range of electrical vehicles by using roads which will charge the cars as they go alongside them.
Unless you happen to have a Tesla and live near a supercharging station, the present battery lifetime of EVs doesn’t go so far. While electric vehicles may get 260 miles range to a full charge, gas-guzzling cars can get 300 miles or more.
Highways England reveals last week that it’s planning on an 18-month scheme to trial charging lanes after finishing an early feasibility study. (The testing won’t get on public roads just yet, though.)
During the trials, cars are going to be fitted with wireless technology and special equipment is going to be installed beneath roads to duplicate motorway conditions. Electric cables buried under the surface will generate electromagnetic fields, which can be picked up by a coil inside the device and converted into electricity.
The trial is taking a place later, full details are going to be announced once a contractor has been hired. there might be a possible follow-up on real roads.
Transport minister report
Transport minister Andrew Jones said that “the government is already committing £500 million over the following five years to remain Britain at the forefront of this amazing technology.”
“car technologies are advancing at an ever-increasing pace and we’re committed to supporting the expansion of ultra-low emissions cars on England’s motorways and major A roads,” Mike Wilson, Highways England’s chief highways engineer, said.
“The off-road trials of wireless power technology will help to make a more sustainable road network for England and open up new opportunities for businesses that transport goods across the country.”
South Korea charging roads
This isn’t the first primary project of its kind. In South Korea, a 7.5-mile (12 km) stretch of road charges up electric buses as they drive along, via a process called Shaped magnetic flux in Resonance (SMFIR).
In England, an attempt in Milton Keynes saw buses charged wirelessly through plates within the road, but that they had to prevent moving to receive the juice.
But this new model might be a lot more promising ambitious and potentially game-changing. Some skeptics have spoken out against the model; Dr. Paul Nieuwenhuis, the director of Cardiff Business School’s Electric car Centre of Excellence, inform the BBC that “it sounds very ambitious to me. the value is going to be the most difficult problem and I am not totally convinced it’s worthwhile .”