A look over the Atlantic: EVs and the UK

Our focus is the Great Lakes State and we’ve featured interesting EV policy across the US, but what about a look overseas? The United Kingdom is a case to watch-- London is a EV policy leader and the UK in general is building its EV fleet rapidly.

Here are three stories to keep an eye on:

Testing out “charge your EV while you drive” technology

This was the story all over the internet in the past week: roads that let you charge will you drive. It sounds like the miracle cure for range-anxiety, but how does it work?

Here’s a good explanation from Mashable:

“During the trials, vehicles will be fitted with wireless technology and special equipment will be installed beneath roads to replicate motorway conditions. Electric cables buried under the surface will generate electromagnetic fields, which will be picked up by a coil inside the device and converted into electricity.”

That dreamy future is still a ways away-- trials won’t start until late 2016, and they won’t yet be in public.

From buses to cabs, transportation is cleaning up

double decker busThere are many iconic vehicles rolling through London and those double decker buses might soon be all electric. The first prototype will be tested out in October. It’s part of Mayor Boris Johnson’s push to reduce air pollution in the metropolitan area, which has already pushed for new guidelines that will require all new cabs on the street after 2018 to release zero emissions. Analysis by Morgan Stanley pointed to this development as a big reason that electrification of cars will play a huge part in the fight against climate change.

Demand for EVs is growing across Europe, and especially in the UK

Across the EU, electric vehicles sales are up 55% this year. Compare that to a whopping 80% increase in the United Kingdom. The results were similar in 2014 as well. Experts point to the UK’s bountiful offering of incentives for EV adoption-- a system that’s worked to push EVs in other European countries like Norway as well.

Pictures courtesy of (from top) Highways England and Flicker user Joel Abroad via Creative Commons license.