JLR is working in the Norwegian capital with taxi network Cabonline; charge point operator Fortum Recharge and US wireless charging specialist Momentum Dynamics to build a wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for electric taxis.
The ‘ElectriCity’ initiative, which is said to the world’s first high-powered wireless charging system for electric taxis, has been launched as part of a drive to make all public transport in Oslo emissions free by 2028.
Through the project Jaguar Land Rover will provide 25 Jaguar I-PACE models – equipped with wireless charging technology developed by Momentum - to Cabonline, the largest taxi operator in the Nordics.
The vehicles will be charged from multiple charging plates rated at 50-75kW each, that will be 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.
According to JLR the project aims to develop a model that can be implemented almost anywhere, which it believes will help the rapid adoption of EVs globally.
Prof Sir Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive, said: “We’re committed to making electric vehicles easier to own and use. The taxi industry is the ideal test bed for wireless charging, and indeed for high-mileage electric mobility across the board.”