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England to trial electric motorway

England to trial electric motorway

A scheme proposed by Highways England will allow motorists to be able to recharge their cars while they drive.

Milton Keynes had a similar experiment in place just last year where buses were being charged wirelessly through plates that had been installed into the road. However, with this new scheme this would mean that vehicles will have to stop for a few minutes in order to receive the power boost.

Stuart Thompson, a spokesman for Highways England said: "What has been committed to is that by 2016 or 2017 we will hold off-road trials - in other words not on a public road,"

He also continued to state: “It's still very early days. Where exactly the trials will be has yet to be determined."

Andrew Jones, Transport Minister commented: "The potential to recharge low emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities. As this study shows, we continue to explore options on how to improve journeys and make low-emission vehicles accessible to families and businesses."

However, Dr Paul Nieuwenhuis, the director of Cardiff Business School’s Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence remains unconvinced.

Sharing his view, he stated: "It makes sense to try it out, and the technology does obviously work,"

"But it sounds very ambitious to me. Cost will be the biggest issue and I'm not totally convinced it's worth it.

"Battery technology is increasing - if you look at what Tesla has achieved in recent years, it keeps adding more [travel] range to battery technology roughly every six months. So, it's not clear there's even a need for this."

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