Trials have begun in France for the first solar panel roads. Could we one day see our motorways power the UK energy needs?
The government also recently announced phasing out of petrol and diesel cars, meaning that electric cars will need to step up.
The main issues at the moment with electric cars are the limited range of a single battery charge, availability other charging points and that longer journeys will require lengthy recharge.
Could we also see the solar panel roads combined with charging your electric car as you drive on the motorways?
France has opened what it claims to be the world’s first solar panel road, in a Normandy village. A 1km (0.6-mile) route in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche covered with 2,800 sq m of electricity-generating panels, was inaugurated on Thursday by the ecology minister, Ségolène Royal. It cost €5m (£4.2m) to construct and will be used by about 2,000 motorists a day during a two-year test period to establish if it can generate enough energy to power street lighting in the village of 3,400 residents.