While electric cars are fast gaining in popularity around the world as environmentally conscious consumers seek to diminish their carbon footprint, the development of accompanying infrastructure for charging such vehicles continues to lag behind their rapid uptake by the market.

This lack of charging infrastructure could hamper the use of electric cars in a number of circumstances – in particular any lengthier sojourns where running out of power remains a possible outcome. A new technology that will soon be trialled in the UK could go a long way toward remedying this shortcoming, and…