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Under-road vehicle power system to be tested

Technology that would allow electric vehicles to use the UK’s roads without needing to charge their batteries is to be trialled this year.

Highways England said 18-month tests of dynamic wireless power transfer technology would begin before the end of 2015.

These will happen off-road but could be followed by on-road trials if successful. Vehicles - and the underside of the surfaces they are driven on - will be fitted with special equipment.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “The potential to recharge low emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities.

“The government is already committing £500M over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology, which will help boost jobs and growth in the sector.”

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 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.”

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