Renault Trials Electric Cars You Never Need to Plug In
Imagine being able to keep your car fully topped up, even while you’re driving at 100kmh. Yesterday Renault demonstrated dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC), which allows vehicles to do just this.
Up till now electric car owners have been dogged with range anxiety and available infrastructure to keep their cars topped up. Venture off the beaten track and away from the charging station and electric cars could quickly find themselves stranded.
Renault has participated with Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom in designing a DEVC system capable of charging an electric vehicle dynamically with a charge of up to 20 kilowatts at speeds up to, and in excess of 100kmh. The DEVC system has been designed to support real-world implementation of dynamic charging.
The dynamic charging demonstrations took place at the 100-metre test track, built by Vedecom at Satory, Versailles, near Paris. The tests will evaluate the operation and efficiency of energy transfer to the vehicles for a wide range of practical scenarios including vehicle identification and authorization on entering track, power level agreement between track and vehicle, speed and alignment of vehicle along track.
FABRIC* is a €9 million project with the main aim of conduct feasibility analysis of wireless DEVC as a means of EV range extension. The project began in January 2014 and will continue through December 2017, and is being undertaken by a consortium of 25 partners from nine European countries, including automotive manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and research organizations from automotive, road and energy infrastructure domains.
“We are inventors. We are wireless electric vehicle charging. This dynamic charging demonstration is the embodiment of this,” said Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager, Wireless Charging, Qualcomm Incorporated. “I am immensely proud of what we have achieved. The combination of a global team of expert engineers and Qualcomm Halo technology, which covers all aspects of WEVC systems, irrespective of the magnetics used, has enabled us to really push the boundaries of the possible and outline our vision for future urban mobility.”
However this system would still mean a ton of infrastructure in the future, even more than the current gas station solution of fast chargers. However if implemented right, it’d make for one amazingly convenient future.