Off road trials for the technology needed to power hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) are to take place later this year.
The ‘Electric Highways’ trial will test how it could work on motorways and major A roads of the country, allowing ultra-low emission drivers to travel long distances without needing to stop and change the car’s battery.
They will involve fitting vehicles with wireless technology and testing the equipment installed underneath the road to replicate motorway conditions.
The trials are expected to last around 18 months and depending on the results, they could be followed by on road tests.
As part of the project Highways England will install plug-in charging points every 20 miles on the motorway network.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “The potential to recharge low emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities. The government is already committing £500 million over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology which will help boost jobs and growth in the sector. As this study shows, we continue to explore options on how to improve journeys and make low-emission vehicles accessible to families and businesses.”
Wireless car charging may appear by 2017.