Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has teamed up with the City of Oslo to build the world’s first wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for taxis.
This would make Oslo the world’s first metropolitan area to install wireless, induction-based high-powered charging stations for electric taxis, in a bid to make its cab system emission-free as early as 2024.
The ElectriCity Initiative will also includes Nordic taxi operator Cabonline (NorgesTaxi AS), the region’s largest charge point operator Fortum Recharge, and U.S. technology developer Momentum Dynamics.
Momentum Dynamics was roped in by Fortum Recharge – who will be supporting the installation and electrification of the project – for integrating the wireless charging infrastructure.
Though the project has been earmarked for the Norwegian capital, it can be later implemented almost anywhere, helping in the rapid adoption of electric vehicles globally.
According to a company press release, JLR will provide 25 Jaguar I-PACE models to Cabonline, the largest taxi network in the Nordics.
The brand’s performance SUV has been designed to enable Momentum Dynamic’s wireless charging technology, making it the ideal vehicle to drive the initiative.
A team of engineers and technicians from both Momentum Dynamics and JLR were engaged to help in testing the solution, and Cabonline signed up to operate the fleet as part of Oslo’s ElectriCity program.
For usage efficiency, Taxi drivers need a charging system that does not take them off route during their working hours.
The project is aiming to install multiple charging plates rated at 50-75 kilowatts each, in series at pick-up-drop-off points. This allows each equipped taxi to charge while queuing for the next fare.
The system, which uses no cables and is situated below ground, requires no physical connection between charger and vehicle, engages automatically and provides on average 6-8 minutes of energy per each charge up to 50kW.
The taxi can receive multiple charges throughout the day on its return to the rank, maintaining a high battery state of charge and the ability to remain in 24/7 service without driving range restrictions.
All said and done, the inherently safe, energy-efficient and high-powered wireless charging platform will prove critical for electric fleets, as the infrastructure is more effective than refueling a conventional vehicle.
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