When I am asked how long it takes to charge up my electric car, I answer about ’30 seconds’. That is how long it takes to plug it in and then step into the house for dinner or bed time. For some people that is still a big deal.
Renault in partnership with Qualcomm and Vedecom have demonstrated what its calls dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC), which allows vehicles to charge while driving at upto 60 mph. Testing is taking place using two modified Renault Kangoo Z.E. cars picking up charge in both directions along a 100-metre test track, built by Vedecom at a facility near Paris.
The DEVC system will shortly begin to evaluate the operation and efficiency of energy transfer to the vehicles. Along with testing practical matters such as the vehicle identification and authorisation when entering the track, power level agreement between track and vehicle, speed and alignment of vehicle along that track.
This development is part of the FABRIC project (FeAsiBility analysis and development of on-Road chargIng solutions for future electriC vehicles), where a consortium of technology partners have come together to test the feasibility of wireless charging on the move. The aim is to push the boundaries of what is possible to further the uptake of electric cars.
Eric Feunteun, Electric Vehicle Program Director, Groupe Renault.
“Contributing to this exciting project has enabled us to test and further research dynamic charging on our Kangoo Z.E. vehicles… We see dynamic charging as a great vision to further enhance the ease of use of EVs, and the accessibility of EVs for all.”