Renault has partnered with Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom to design dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC for short) which will allow electric vehicles to be charged whilst out on the road.
The companies have together designed a DEVC system capable of being able to charge an electric vehicle at speeds of up to 20 kilowatts whilst travelling at low and high speeds.
The two Renault Kangoo ZE’s which had the technology installed to them were able to travel in either direction up and down the specialised track, implementing the real world benefits this dynamic charging could provide.
Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom installed the primary part of the DEVC system on to the test track, which is located at Satory, Versailles in France. Then Vedecom and Renault installed the new system on to two Renault Kangoo ZE models.
With vehicle emissions becoming more and more of a problem in most major cities across Europe, it is time for companies and governments to invest heavily in new and improved systems and technologies so that cities like London can meet their ‘Ultra Low Emissions Zone’ standards by 2020.
The DEVC system will shortly be handed over to Vedecom to perform tests for FABRIC which will evaluate the operation and efficiency of energy transfer to the vehicles for a wide range of practical scenarios including vehicle identification and authorisation on entering track, power level agreement between track and vehicle, speed and alignment of vehicle along track.
FABRIC is a €9 million project, partly-funded by the European Union, addressing the technological feasibility, economic viability, and socio-environmental sustainability of wireless DEVC.
The project began in January 2014 and will continue through to 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.
The main aim of FABRIC is to conduct feasibility analysis of wireless DEVC as a means of EV range extension.