Volvo to test taxis with wireless charging in Gothenburg
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Volvo is integrating and testing new wireless charging technology in real conditions.
During a three-year trial period, a small fleet of Volvo XC40 Recharge electric cars will be used as taxis by Cabonline, the largest taxi operator in the Nordic region, and charged wirelessly at stations in Gothenburg.
Charging starts automatically when the vehicle drives over an integrated charging station on the street, allowing drivers to easily charge without having to get out of their car.
To align the car with the charger, the XC40 refills will use their 360 degree camera system. Charging speeds, meanwhile, will be “over 40kW” – three times faster than a typical 11kW AC wired charger and almost as fast as 50kW DC wired fast chargers.
“Gothenburg Green City Zone allows us to try exciting new technologies in a real environment and evaluate them over time for potential wider future introduction,” says Mats Moberg, Head of Research and Development at Volvo Cars.
“Testing new charging technologies with selected partners is a good way to assess alternative charging options for our future cars.”
In total, the cars will be used more than 12 hours a day and will cover approximately 100,000 km per year. It also makes this project the first durability test of fully electric Volvo cars in a commercial use scenario.
Charging stations are provided by Momentum Dynamics, a leading provider of wireless electric charging systems.
Other partners involved in the wireless charging project include the company’s own Swedish retailers Volvo Bil and Volvo Car Sörred, Swedish energy company Vattenfall and its charging network InCharge, city energy company Göteborg Energi and Business Region Gothenburg, a municipal economic development agency owned by the city of Gothenburg.
Last year, Volvo Cars helped launch the Gothenburg Green City Zone initiative, which aims to achieve emission-free transport by 2030. Using a real city as a testing ground will allow the company to accelerate the development of technologies and services in the areas of electrification, shared mobility, autonomous driving, connectivity and security.