Highways Agency commissions wireless charging feasibility study

Highways Agency commissions wireless charging feasibility study


Stakeholders have been invited to participate in a workshop, held in Central London on Friday 28 November, 10am, to help shape an important Highways Agency project on dynamic wireless charging.

Dynamic wireless power transfer – enabling electric vehicles to be powered from the road while driving – could provide an important opportunity to support and accelerate the introduction of EVs in the UK and elsewhere in the world.

The Highways Agency has commissioned a feasibility study, to assess how the strategic road network could respond to this challenge. The Agency aims to find out how an wireless power transfer could operate on the strategic road network. The Agency has commissioned TRL to lead the feasibility study which will investigate potential solutions, with possible trials after the study has concluded.

At the outset of the project, the Agency wants to engage with government representatives, road user groups, vehicle manufacturing associations, local authorities, EV supply chain interests, energy suppliers, and other stakeholders to ensure that all relevant views are taken into account during the research. The Agency wants to ensure full transparency and a multi-party dialogue between stakeholders.

To mark the start of the engagement for the feasibility study, a workshop is being held on Friday 28th November at the offices of the SMMT, 71 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2BN from 10am until 12 noon.

The objective of the workshop is to provide an overview of the project (to be presented by research leaders TRL) and to gather key questions and issues which stakeholders believe need to be addressed as part of the investigation.

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, the SMMT and Cenex are supporting TRL and the Highway Agency in this project by facilitating engagement with a wide range of stakeholders.

The workshop is expected to attract a lot of interest. Attendance will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis but there will be further opportunity to provide feedback after the event. Due to limited space, tickets will be limited to one per organisation.

To register to attend the workshop please go to the registration page.