JLR Joins World’s First Commercial Wireless Taxi Project

Jaguar Land Rover is to join the world’s first high-powered wireless taxi charging project using it I-Pace as a test mule.

The program will be run by the Norwegian city of Oslo and plans to create taxi charging infrastructure promoting the convenience and speed of wireless BEV charging among ride-share vehicles. Dubbed ‘ElectriCity’,  project sees JLR join Nordic taxi operator Cabonline (NorgesTaxi AS), the region’s largest charge point operator Fortum Recharge, US technology developer Momentum Dynamics.

The project will be the first wireless high-powered charging system for electric taxis in the world by providing a charging infrastructure model that can be implemented almost anywhere. JLR will provide 25 Jaguar I-Pace models which have been designed to enable Momentum Dynamic’s wireless charging technology. A team of engineers and technicians from both companies were engaged to help in testing the solution.

Multiple charging plates rated at 50-75 kilowatts each, are installed in the ground in series at taxi 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 situated below ground, requires no physical connection between charger and vehicle, engages automatically and provides on average six to eight 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.

Prof Sir Ralf Speth, JLR chief executive, said: “We’re extremely proud of our track record in electrification and 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.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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