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Government invests £37m into boosting EV infrastructure


The government is pumping £37m into improving the infrastructure for electric vehicles with wireless charging and "pop-up" pavement technology.

The government's new investment marks the first anniversary of the launch of the government's Road to Zero strategy, which wants "almost every car and van" in the UK to be zero emission by 2050.

It has handed £2.3m to a company called Char.gy, which is developing ways to deploy wireless charging technology on residential streets which would remove the need for trailing cables and additional infrastructure.
Urban Foresight has been awarded £3m to roll out "pop-up" chargers which are built into the pavement, which are designed to help drivers without access to off-street parking.

Wireless charging for electric vehicles - which means getting rid of cables - could be arriving on a small number of UK streets relatively soon, according to Char.gy.
 Richard Stobart, chief executive of Char.gy, said: "We are mimicking a cable being plugged in.”

It works by installing a pad on the underside of an electric car. Once that aligns with another pad hidden underneath the road surface, electricity is passed to the car via a process known as induction.

For now, virtually any fully electric car would have to be modified and fitted with a pad, costing around £1,000.

Under the pilot, some people will get the induction pads for free.

Other residents in parts of Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and the London borough of Redbridge, where the scheme is being trialled, will be able to share the use of several car-club cars which will be fitted-out with induction pads.

This wireless charging project should start running in 2020.

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