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The British government has announced that off-road trials of “electric highways” technology is slated to begin on major roads in England later this year, Wired UK reports. The trials are the first of their kind and are touted as a potential game changer for drivers in the the country.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said that the government is committing £500 million (RM3 billion) over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology.

The test-bed programme will explore how it can be possible to allow drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles to travel long distances without needing to stop and recharge the car’s battery. These “dynamic wireless transfer” technologies are set to revolutionise driving in the UK if it all goes to plan.

The trials – which are expected to last for approximately 18 months – will involve fitting vehicles with wireless technology and testing the equipment, which will be installed underneath the road to replicate motorway conditions.

Meanwhile, Highways England says it will also be installing plug-in charging points every 20 miles (32 km) along the country’s motorway network as part of expansion laid out by the UK government’s Road Investment Strategy.