Electric cars are, slowly but surely, becoming A Thing: around a million plug-in vehicles have been sold since 2008. The biggest barrier to public uptake, though, is a problem familiar to anyone with mid-range smartphone: charging.
At the moment, most countries don’t have a thought-through infrastructure of public plug points where electric car owners can recharge their vehicles, despite the fact that they can travel anywhere between one and seven hours or 40-140 miles on a single charge. This is, at best, anxiety-inducing for car owners; at worst, it could be dangerous and lead to breakdowns during badly-planned trips.
Thankfully, the UK government is looking into ways to improve our electric car infrastructure. Perhaps the most exciting is the recharging road. This is a stretch of motorway which uses magnetic induction (the same technology used in wireless phone chargers) to recharge the cars’ batteries while they’re driving: