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Electric cars could soon be charged wirelessly as they drive on the roads, as part of a new £40 million ($53 million) Government proposal.
The scheme would see charging pads built into roads that are capable of transfering electricity to the underside of the vehicles, topping up their battery levels.
Way - Scalextric - Toy - Cars - Metal
This is very similar to the way Scalextric toy cars work, with a metal contact on the underside of the vehicles siphoning power from the track.
The advantage of the wireless scheme in the proposal is that it does not require any physical contact between the car and the road surface.
Time - Idea - Organisations - World - Technology
This is not the first time the idea has been proposed, with various organisations around the world seeking to implement similar technology into road surfaces.
The proposal was made in a Department for Transport (DfT) strategy designed to promote zero emission vehicle technology.
Plans - Points - Roadside - Car - Parks
The plans could see wireless charging points built at the roadside, at car parks, service stations and even under motorways and roads.
Government officials also want new homes and offices to be built with electric charge points, under the scheme.
Times - David - Martell - Car - Company
Speaking to The Times, David Martell, of the electric car charging company Chargemaster, said: 'Wireless charging will make driving an electric vehicle as similar as possible to driving a petrol or diesel car but without frequent trips to the petrol station.'
Wireless charging works by a process called electromagnetic induction.
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A pad on the ground has electricity passed through a coil of wire to...
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