A new scheme will test new highways where motorists can pay for charging their cars electrically.
The Highways agency of England has come up with a new scheme. The scheme will be dubbed ‘Electric Highways’. In Electric Highways motorist will be able to charge their cars on the road electrically. The motorists will have to pay a fee for the charging.
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The government agency plans to test the program. The plan will consist of wireless power-transfer technology for cars. If the testing is successful motorists will be able to charge their cars as they drive. The electric highways will then be launched on all the motorways and major A roads of England.
The highway agency of England has already carried out a feasibility study. The next step is to ask companies to bid on the trials. Some experts have lauded the brilliance of the program. Other experts have questioned if the program will be cost effective or not.
All evidences indicate towards the success of the program. Since the program is not unheard of. The charge as you drive scheme is already being used successfully in South Korea. The program was launched in 2013 in South Korea and has been pioneered since then.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: "The potential to recharge low emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities. The government is already committing £500 million over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology, which will help boost jobs and growth in the sector. As this study shows, we continue to explore options on how to improve journeys and make low-emission vehicles accessible to families and businesses."
Highways England Chief Highways Engineer Mike Wilson said: "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."
The charging of the cars occurs through a phenomenon called Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance. Electrical cables are buried under the roads to generate electromagnetic fields. The electromagnetic fields are picked up by a coil inside the cars and converted into electricity.
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The scheme is expected to start trial in 2016 or 2017 in England. It may be a few years later for the technology to be expanded on a wider scale. The trial will go on for 18 months.