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UK Is Testing Roads That Charge Electric Cars As They Drive
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UK Is Testing Roads That Charge Electric Cars As They Drive

Imagine never having to pull over to fuel your car. This is exactly what Highways England is planning to implement for drivers of electric vehicles. Automobiles would be fitted with wireless technology and then driven on roads with special electromagnetic field generating equipment buried underneath. Trials will run for 18 months before a decision is made to move the project to public roads. This is not the first time such technology sees the light of day: in 2013, the South Korean town of Gumi switched on a 12km (7.5 miles) route that allows special buses to be charged with similar technology.

“Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever increasing pace and we’re committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on England’s motorways and major A roads,” wrote Highways England chief highways engineer, Mike Wilson. “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.”

More info: www.gov.uk (h/t: bbc)

Highways England plans to test this technology over 18 months before a decision is made to move the project to public roads

Electric cables are buried under the road to generate electromagnetic fields which are caught by a coil inside the vehicle and converted into electricity

The government is already committing £500 million over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology

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SnokieDeath
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6 years ago

Numbers I found on the web state that at the end of 2012 there were 28.7 million cars registered in the UK. By december 2014 there were 24.500 electric cars driving in the UK. That's less than 1% of the cars. So you're burning fossil energy at the powerplant to generate electricity, then you're gonna put a lane out there that is fulltime powered, so every electric car (again, less than 1% of all the cars) can charge itself when they feel an urge to. Who the fuck did the math on this? YOU'RE FIRED!

LaviniaLlg
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6 years ago

Maybe the electricity comes from a nuclear plant or from some hydro-electric power plant ... There are many alternatives!

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PerBasic
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6 years ago

That would be awesome!

MarshallSoto
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6 years ago

Actually, they have the technology already. The kink is designing it to not melt your face.

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SnokieDeath
Community Member
6 years ago

Numbers I found on the web state that at the end of 2012 there were 28.7 million cars registered in the UK. By december 2014 there were 24.500 electric cars driving in the UK. That's less than 1% of the cars. So you're burning fossil energy at the powerplant to generate electricity, then you're gonna put a lane out there that is fulltime powered, so every electric car (again, less than 1% of all the cars) can charge itself when they feel an urge to. Who the fuck did the math on this? YOU'RE FIRED!

LaviniaLlg
Community Member
6 years ago

Maybe the electricity comes from a nuclear plant or from some hydro-electric power plant ... There are many alternatives!

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PerBasic
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6 years ago

That would be awesome!

MarshallSoto
Community Member
6 years ago

Actually, they have the technology already. The kink is designing it to not melt your face.

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