JLR helps Oslo pioneer wireless taxi charging

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Words: NZ Autocar
26 Jun 2020

Along with the City of Oslo, JLR is participating in the world's first high-powered wireless taxi set-up, part of a bigger initiative called “ElectriCity”.

Three other companies plus the City of Oslo and JLR are helping to build a wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for taxis.

By testing a charging infrastructure model that can be implemented almost anywhere else, it will facilitate the rapid adoption of electric vehicles globally.

JLR is delivering 25 Jaguar I-Pace models to Cabonline, which is the largest taxi network in the Nordics. Taxi drivers need a charging system that does not force them into downtime during their working hours.

Multiple 50-75kW charging plates are installed in the ground in series at pick-up- and drop-off points. Thus, taxis can recharge while queuing for the next fare.

The system requires no physical connection between charger and vehicle, engages automatically and provides roughly 6-8 minutes of energy per charge, up to 50kW.

Because each taxi receives multiple charges throughout the day, they maintain a high battery state of charge and the ability to remain in 24/7 service.

JLR is aiming for Destination Zero, a future of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion. Prof Sir Ralf Speth, JLR’s CEO, said: “We’re committed to making electric vehicles easier to own and use. The taxi industry is the ideal test bed for wireless charging. This is a great step forward to reaching our Destination Zero mission.”

Norway has mandated that all new cars sold in the country by 2025 are zero emission.

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