The Norwegian capital is to install a wireless charging system for electric taxis.
In a world first, clean-energy company Fortum is working with the City of Oslo and US company Momentum Dynamics to build a wireless fast-charging infrastructure.
The project will use induction technology, with charging plates installed in the road at taxi ranks and receivers installed in each vehicle. It’s hoped this will make recharging more efficient, spurring greater adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the taxi industry.
From 2023, all taxis in Oslo will have to be zero emission and Norway has set a target for all new cars sold to be zero emission by 2025. The UK has a similar goal for 2040.
The wireless fast-charging project addresses a major barrier to electrification of the taxi fleet, as it is too time-consuming for drivers to find a charger, plug in and then wait for the car to charge.
The project will also help with further development of wireless charging technology for all EV drivers.
“We will install the wireless chargers at taxi stands, such as the one at the Oslo Central Station,” explained Annika Hoffner, head of Fortum Charge & Drive. “Taxis will be able to drive up to the charger and a wireless charging session will automatically start. This allows the taxis to charge in a place where they would anyway be waiting for new customers. The difference is that they won’t be emitting exhaust while waiting, instead they will be receiving renewable energy to charge the taxi’s battery.”
Describing wireless charging as a “potential game changer“, Sture Portvik, the City of Oslo’s Electro Mobility Manager, said: “Together with the taxi industry we will make sure that the shift is as user-friendly and efficient as possible.”
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