Charge electric cars while on the move?
Electric cars are a hot topic in the motoring world, as people look for ways of not using petrol any more. Will the new technology bring a whole load of new problems? Of course they will, but they're not stopping to worry about that in the car industry.
So, what's going on in the world of electric cars? Well, here in Blighty, there's new technology which will allow e-cars to be powered by equipment beneath the surface of the road. We're hoping that it resembles Scalextric. We're preparing a giant two pence piece, so we can stick it in the road groove and stop the traffic.
Anyway, most electric cars need recharging after driving 100 miles, but this new system will deploy something called a 'dynamic wireless power transfer', which means you won't need to stop and charge up for ages. Naturally, cars would have to be adapted for this system, which would make someone very wealthy if it takes off, but it is deemed successful, then Highways England said they'll look into the feasibility of installing this in motorways and A-roads.
In addition to that, there's also plans to install chargers every 20 miles on the UK's motorways.
Highways England Chief Highways Engineer Mike Wilson says: "Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever-increasing pace, and we're committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on our England's motorways and major A roads. The off-road trials of wireless power technology will help to create a more sustainable road network for England and open up new opportunities for businesses that transport goods across the country."