Renault to trial wireless electric car recharging

Jay Nagley

Renault is going to address one of the disadvantages of electric cars by trialling a wireless recharging system.

The system uses inductive charging, just like those fancy inductive hobs you see in kitchen shops. The idea is that cars drive over what looks like a rubber mat in the road and, so long as the charging point of the car is within 50 cm of the mat, charging begins. In answer to the inevitable question, yes they are pet friendly. They generate a magnetic field, so Tiddles can safely curl up on it if he wants to, even while it is charging.