UK To Test Under The Road Wireless Charging
The biggest fear of consumers in terms of fully-electric cars is obviously range anxiety, which is the fear of running out of electricity and being stranded on the side of the road. While electric cars have come close to becoming mainstream in terms of awareness, there still isn’t that large of a charging infrastructure to keep consumers' fears abated. It’s why more people haven’t bought into the technology and something that will continue to hamper the growth of the industry until something to relieve that anxiety is worked out. Of course, Tesla and BMW have made great strides in terms of building charging stations throughout the U.S. and abroad, however, those are few and far between compared to the gas station infrastructure that the world has built since that inception of the internal combustion engine. However, the UK’s Highways England division seems to think they have the answer to end range anxiety all together. RELATED: See More of the New Tesla P90D Here According to Fortune, Highways England will begin testing an under-the-road wireless charging method that essentially refuels electric cars as they move across the surface. The division stated that it has committed $780 million to the five-year project of ending range anxiety and wirelessly charging electric cars, and it will start next year. While wireless charging has been around since the beginning of the last century, the technology hasn’t been put into widespread use until very recently, with the introduction of induction charging for phones and tablets. Highway England hasn’t stated which method or company it plans on using to achieve this goal yet, however, it wouldn’t be a surprise to find out that Tesla is somehow involved in the experiment. RELATED: Watch a Tesla P85D Smoke a School of Lamborghini’s
If this technology proves to be effective, it could bring electric cars to the masses and we may see the beginning of a massive shift in auto manufacturer’s lineups. While electric car sales have grown in the last few years, sales are still minor compared to the volume of sales of internal combustion automobiles. This could be just the break the EV community has been looking for.
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