Jaguar I-Pace Taxis to be used on Wireless High-Powered Charging Rank

Jaguar Land Rover has agreed to support the City of Oslo in Norway with the world’s first high-powered wireless taxis.

In a program known as ‘ElectriCity’, Jaguar will join Nordic taxi operator Cabonline (NorgesTaxi AS), the region’s largest charge point operator Fortum Recharge, US technology developer Momentum Dynamics and the City of Oslo to build wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for taxis in the Norwegian capital. The project will be the first wireless high-powered charging system for electric taxis in the world.

Jaguar Land Rover will provide 25 Jaguar I-PACE models to Cabonline. The brand’s performance SUV has been designed to enable Momentum Dynamic’s wireless charging technology. A team of engineers and technicians from both Momentum Dynamics and Jaguar Land Rover were engaged to help in testing the solution, and Cabonline signed up to operate the fleet as part of Oslo’s ElectriCity programme.

Taxi drivers need a charging system that does not take them off route during their working hours so multiple charging plates, rated at 50-75 kilowatts each, are installed in the ground 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 then receives 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.

Jaguar says the safe, energy efficient and high-powered wireless charging platform will prove critical for electric fleets.

Oslo will be 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 country is mandating that all new cars sold in the country by 2025 are zero emission.

Source: Motor Trader E-magazine (July 2020)

9 July 2020

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