Friday, 3 February 2012

London to run wireless charging trial

A wireless recharging system trial for electric cars is set to begin in London later this year in an effort to remove plug-in posts from streets and car parks. This new trial is supported by London Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London.

The system - developed by electronic chip manufacturer Qualcomm - works by parking cars fitted with a plate underneath over a plate on the ground. An in-car display will tell the driver if the two plates are lined up and that charging has started.

The data collected during the two year trial will see the first wireless charging points being installed in UK car parks and shopping centres from 2014, allowing motorists and car insurance policy holders to charge their vehicles quickly and conveniently.

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