JLR helps Oslo pioneer wireless taxi charging
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.