According to an article posted via Sky News, states the English Government has made the commitment to test inductive charge technology and that they want to be on the front line of this evolving technology.
As someone that has actually looked into this, my fear isn’t if this would work but the actual costs of installing it. There is a company in Idaho called Solar Roadways that would actually build roads out of solar panels so I know this will work but testing is for its economical impact is key. Solar Roadways are still in research and development and raising additional funds via Indiegogo. We should start to see more news from this company in the future as well.
The concept being tested in England is the idea of running electrical cables under the road which the car would then pick up the current while traveling over it to continuously via Induction. There are inherent electrical losses with inductive charging but the technology has proven it can be done. The original charging equipment that came with the GM EV1 was an Inductive Paddle Charger made by GM which is obsolete now. It was known as the J1773 charging protocol. The national standard for charging EVs at Level II (220v -240v) in use today is J1772.
I’m extremely interested in the results of this testing and can see some positive implications from it.
While jumping onto a local highway and getting a charge while traveling at higher speeds is really a dream at the moment. Driving 30 miles of your commute and charging while at the peak consumption level of your journey would also cut down on the need for charging at the other end of your trip.
Even if the Electric car could just be propelled via induction during the highway portion of the journey would save a lot of charging time an increase range significantly.