Jaguar Land Rover is to work with authorities in the Norwegian capital, Oslo on the world’s first high-powered wireless taxis.
In a programme known as ‘ElectriCity’, Jaguar will join Nordic taxi operator Cabonline , the region’s largest charge point operator Fortum Recharge, US technology developer Momentum Dynamics and the City of Oslo to build wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for taxis in the Norwegian capital.
Multiple charging plates rated at 50-75 kilowatts each, are installed in the ground in series at pick-up-drop-off points. This allows each equipped taxi to automatically charge while queuing for the next fare. The system uses no cables and is situated below ground, requiring no physical connection between charger and vehicle.
The company says the project will be the first wireless high-powered charging system for electric taxis in the world and by providing a charging infrastructure model that can be implemented almost anywhere, it will “help the rapid adoption of electric vehicles globally”.
Jaguar Land Rover will provide 25 Jaguar I-PACE models, while a team of engineers and technicians from both Momentum Dynamics and Jaguar Land Rover have helped test the solution.