Government’s Air Quality Plan Makes Electric Car Revolution Inevitable, Experts Say

August 4th, 2017 § Comments Off on Government’s Air Quality Plan Makes Electric Car Revolution Inevitable, Experts Say § permalink

The government’s plan to clean up the UK’s air means an electric car revolution is inevitable, according to experts.

Environment secretary Michael Gove unveiled his department’s official air quality plan last week – and the jewel in the crown was the intention to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles from sale by 2040.

Environmental campaigners branded the move “headline grabbing”, while lobbyists on behalf of motorists warned it could crash the economy.

But James McKemey, head of customer operations at POD Point, which runs a UK electric vehicle charging network, says regardless of its talking points, the government’s plan means an overhaul of the industry is inevitable. 

“We’ve seen a lot of negative press around the announcement, which was to be expected,” he told HuffPost UK.

“But the key thing is it has made the transformation from combustible fuel engine vehicles to electric vehicles absolutely inevitable.  Those who didn’t want to believe it would happen now have to.”

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Environment secretary Michael Gove says tackling poor air quality is a “top priority”.

James says switching the UK’s 32 million fuel-guzzling vehicles to greener, electrical models will be a huge undertaking and homeowners, business owners and government bodies will be required to step up and make big changes. 

“We will need a huge numbers of extra charging points to meet demand.  And while autonomous [self-driving] cars will become more common, it’s hard to say whether the number of vehicles on the road will remain around the 32 million mark. But we do not envisage car ownership going away.  

“But the cost and burden of building up a network is not going to fall on any one body.  We are not going to say to the government that we need millions and millions to equip the entire UK; there will be lots of different stakeholders involved. 

“Supermarkets can install charging points outside their stores, for example – and some already are – and homeowners can install their own charging points so they can refuel vehicles overnight.

“And for those on low incomes, while installing a charging point costs under £1,000 – which we appreciate is still considerable – the eventual cost savings will mean it will be cheaper for them in the long-run and the second hand car market will still be there – it will have just changed. 

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 “Of course it will be a massive challenge, but we are optimistic about the future.

“It’s about changing the agenda.  Most people aren’t extremely conscientious about their carbon footprint and that argument isn’t really tangible for most people.”

The government’s plan, which aims to tackle dangerous levels of toxic nitrogen oxide responsible for 40,000 premature deaths every year, will also put pressure on local councils to address more than 80 pollution hotspots.

But it stops short of introducing clean air zones across the country, which would prevent the worst polluting vehicles from accessing areas where air quality is poorest, and imposing taxes on motorists. 

Environmental charity Friends Of The Earth said its proposals simply “pass the buck” to local authorities. 

A government spokesman said: “Our plan to deal with dirty diesels will help councils clean up emissions hotspots – often a single road – through common sense measures which do not unfairly penalise ordinary working people.”

Number of electric car charging points in London to double in 2018

August 4th, 2017 § Comments Off on Number of electric car charging points in London to double in 2018 § permalink

The prospect of thousands of electric cars driving round London’s streets came a step closer today as Sadiq Khan announced a £4.5 million investment in 1,500 new charging points across the capital.

Transport for London and the capital’s town halls will roll-out the new green charging infrastructure – which will almost double the number of points – over the course of 2018.

It comes after the Government last week announced a ban on sales of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 to help tackle the country’s toxic air problem. 

But Mr Khan, environmentalists and some motoring experts accused it of falling short of what is needed to deal swiftly with toxic air — which is blamed for a death toll of about 9,000-a-year in the capital alone.

The chosen boroughs – 25 of London’s 32 – will each receive up to £300,000 of government cash to install the standard charging points, which take between four and eight hours to charge a family car, in residential areas. 

Town hall officials will now identify sites where charging points could be installed. Some of the cash could be spent on new approaches such as using lamp posts as the base and power supply for charge points, which would be cheaper and quicker to roll out with less impact on the streetscape. 

They believe the scheme will help motorists without access to off-street parking to make the switch from polluting vehicles to zero-emissions ones more easily. More money will follow next year if the scheme is successful. 

The new points will be in addition to the network of 150 rapid charge points for taxis and commercial fleets that TfL is installing by 2018.

Mr Khan, who wants all new road vehicles driven in London to be zero emission by 2040, said: “This substantial investment in electric charging points will make a real difference, making electric vehicles an easier and more practical option for Londoners across our city. 

“We have a bold ambition to make London’s transport system zero emission by 2050, and working with boroughs to roll out more charging infrastructure is a vital part of making this a reality.”  

The money for this tranche of charging points comes from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ ‘Go Ultra Low City’ scheme.

But the Mayor called on ministers to “step up” their investment in charging infrastructure so every Londoner could consider going electric over coming years.

Julian Bell, London Councils’ transport and environment spokesman, said: “Improving London’s air quality by reducing emissions is a real priority for our city. It is unacceptable that 9,000 people a year die early in London due to air pollution. 

“So it is great to see London boroughs bidding to invest in conveniently located electric vehicle charging points. This will help to ensure we have infrastructure in the right places to make it easier for people across the capital to choose electric vehicles.”

The only boroughs not to receive the funding are Barking & Dagenham, Bromley, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kingston and Sutton.

Mr Khan’s draft transport strategy also aims for all taxis and minicabs to be zero-emissions capable by 203 and buses by 2037, while London’s entire transport system would be zero emission by 2050. 

He has called for a national diesel scrappage scheme although ministers are understood to believe it would be too expensive.

From: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/number-of-electric-car-charging-points-in-london-to-double-a3602891.html

UK to fund research into letting electric cars return power to grid

July 8th, 2017 § Comments Off on UK to fund research into letting electric cars return power to grid § permalink

The UK plans to invest millions of pounds to explore how the batteries in thousands of electric cars could help the power grid and drive take-up of the cleaner vehicles.

British businesses will be able to bid for £20m of government funding for undertaking research and trials of vehicle-to-grid technology, which officials believe holds “enormous potential” benefits for drivers and the energy system.

The announcement comes on the heels of a week of good news for electric car manufacturers and battery-makers.

Volvo said it was turning its back on cars powered solely by an internal combustion engine, France declared it would ban sales of diesel and petrol carsby 2040 and Tesla revealed plans to build the world’s largest battery storage plant in South Australia.

There are now more than 90,000 electric or plug-in hybrid cars on UK roads, which currently only draw electricity from the grid when owners recharge them overnight at home or for half an hour at rapid charging stations in towns, cities and motorway service stations.

But with vehicle-to-grid, their batteries could also provide services to local power networks and National Grid – returning electricity to the grid at times of peak demand, or filling the gap if the output from windfarms or solar panels were suddenly less than expected. 

Drivers also stand to benefit as they would be compensated in some form – such as via payments or free parking – for allowing their batteries to help power grid managers. 

StrategicFit, an energy consultancy, thinks a single electric car could earn its owner £1,000-£2,000 a year for helping the grid, depending on where it were located and how often it were plugged in.

Jesse Norman, a transport minister, said: “Electric vehicles are already helping thousands of motorists cut their fuel costs, and now there is an extra financial incentive for motorists to go green.”

The Japanese car-maker Nissan and Italian energy company Enel last year launched the UK’s first large-scale trial of the technology, involving 100 electric cars, and there are several smaller pilot projects being run by universities.

The £20m fund will support such work, by paying for feasibility studies into how the technology could be used in the future, development of charging equipment and trials around the country. The competitions are expected to attract energy companies, car makers and local authorities.

Adam Mitchell, the principal at StrategicFit, said: “There are many companies who expect [the technology] to grow quite significantly. They are starting to test commercial feasibility but it’s fairly early days.”

The government wants the projects to address how consumers grapple with the technology, examine cybersecurity issues and demonstrate the technical and commercial potential for supporting power networks. 

Officials believe that giving new financial incentives to electric car owners – on top of the cheaper running costs and exemptions to congestion zones they already enjoy – will drive a “significant take-up” of the vehicles in the next five to 10 years.

Queen’s Speech introduces Electric Vehicles Bill

June 21st, 2017 § Comments Off on Queen’s Speech introduces Electric Vehicles Bill § permalink

Motorway services and petrol stations may be forced to install electric charging points as part of Government plans to ensure the UK “remains a world leader in new industries”.

An Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will be introduced to encourage the use of electric and self-driving cars, the Government announced in the Queen’s Speech.

The first all-electric car to be built in the UK rolled off of the production line in 2013, and the Government wants “almost every car and van to be zero-emission by 2050”.

Of more than 36.7 million licensed vehicles in the UK, just over 100,000 have been purchased with help from a government plug-in car grant.

The speed of adoption has been slowed by a number of factors, including the perceived cost of electric vehicles, according to Dr Ben Lane, a director at charging-point company Zap-Map.

However, the perception of their expense is not always accurate, Dr Lane told Sky News, as the relative newness of most of the electric car models made their price seem higher than other vehicles.

The availability of second-hand electric cars is making them more affordable.

The distance electric cars are able to travel on a single battery charge has also discouraged consumers, as has the availability of charging points and the speed of recharging.

Dr Lane said he “strongly welcomed” the Government’s proposed law.

“Together with more open access, it’s exactly what the market needs and electric vehicle drivers will welcome this development,” he said.

Registrations of electric vehicles are increasing, with 13,800 being registered in the first quarter of 2017, a 17% rise on the same period the year before.

Plans to fund the additional electric charging points have not yet been announced, although the Government said it was committed to spending £600m during this Parliament to support the ultra-low emissions market.

The new law also aims to support British manufacturing and innovation by allowing self-driving cars to operate in the country.

Earlier this year, tests of electric self-driving cars by manufacturer Nissan took place on public roads in London.

Official research has indicated the market for automated vehicles in the UK could be worth £28bn by 2035.

This would be supported by making it compulsory for motor vehicle insurance to cover automated vehicles so that compensation claims can be paid quickly in the event of any accidents.

 Source: Sky new

Nottingham Gets First Electric Home Charger

June 16th, 2017 § Comments Off on Nottingham Gets First Electric Home Charger § permalink

.On National Clean Air Day (15 June), a Nottingham resident has become the first person in the city to have a home smart charger installed for his electric car. The smart charger has been installed free of charge through the Electric Nation project.

Nottingham gets its first electric vehicle home smart charger

Nottingham is part of the Go Ultra Low City Scheme and the city is leading the way with many initiatives that are improving local air quality, which is benefiting people’s health. Such efforts are being recognised today, as former US vice president turned eco activist Al Gore presents Nottingham City with the Ashden Award for Clean Air in Towns and Cities, for developing greener transport that has helped Nottingham achieve the lowest emissions per head of population of all large UK cities outside London.

Air pollution is associated with 40,000 early deaths each year, and the annual costs to the health service and society are more than £20 billion. Air pollution increases the risk of some serious illnesses, and can make existing conditions, like respiratory disorders, worse. It increases the risk of getting lung cancer, and contributes to about 1 in 13 cases. National Clean Air Day is raising awareness about how to reduce the amount of air pollution we create, encouraging discussion and collaboration to beat pollution together, and providing tips about how to avoid harmful air pollution.

Electric vehicles (EVs) have zero tailpipe emissions and therefore help to provide a solution to the challenge of poor local air quality. The UK Government has ambitious targets for the uptake of EVs, and sales are currently increasing at a rapid rate.

While the UK electricity system has plenty of capacity to deliver energy to EVs currently and for the foreseeable future, smart charging can play an important role in ensuring electricity network upgrades are kept to a minimum as the number of EVs increase.

Smart chargers can provide added functionality for electric car owners too, and enable charging to be managed at peak times while ensuring that their vehicle is still charged when they need it. In order to trial how smart chargers can help address the challenge of increasing number of EVs on local electricity networks, the Electric Nation project is recruiting new EV owners and providing a free* smart charger, so it can learn from the data – and the feedback – from trial participants.

Nottingham’s first Electric Nation participant, Peter Slack, comments: “I am excited to be part of this forward-thinking project run by Electric Nation. Our old family car had come to the end of its working life, and with second-generation electric vehicles available, the time felt right to go electric. I researched the available EVs and settled for a new Nissan LEAF. The electric LEAF is easy to drive; there are no gears, so you just press and go! It’s quiet, comfortable and quick. Our LEAF will primarily be used for urban and ‘extra urban’ travel (up to 100 miles a day) meaning almost all of its charging will be done at home.”

“The Electric Nation project has provided and installed a high quality smart charger which is now in regular use. This has been a great success so far and we look forward to contributing to Electric Nation’s research, especially into the ‘human factors’ aspects of electric vehicle ownership and charging patterns. I hope this research will ensure that many more people can enjoy the electric vehicle experience, providing us all with a clean air urban environment and cost-effective travel.”

Cllr Jon Collins, Portfolio Holder for Strategic Infrastructure, Nottingham Council, said: “The health of people in Nottingham is a top priority for us which is why we are keen to show support of the National Clean Air Day to highlight what is being done to improve air quality in the city. We are really proud that Nottingham has been recognised as an exemplary core city which has been pioneering green and clean initiatives that are rapidly developing to improve the air in Nottingham.”

“Nottingham has an excellent reputation for providing sustainable travel solutions which in turn will help reduce congestion and air pollution in the city. Travelling on our clean buses and trams, together with cycling and walking, helps improve air quality, has health benefits and can also improve access to jobs, education and training. Working with the pioneering project, Electric Nation, this supports Nottingham’s Go Ultra Low project in increasing the uptake of electric vehicles to improve air quality in the city.”

Electric Nation is a Western Power Distribution (WPD) and Network Innovation Allowance funded project. WPD’s collaboration partners in the project are EA Technology, DriveElectric, Lucy Electric GridKey and TRL.

The Electric Nation trial is taking place in the WPD network areas in the Midlands, South West and South Wales. This area includes Nottinghamshire and Derby, which will use £6 million of Go Ultra Low funding to install 230 charge points and offer ULEV owners discounted parking, as well as access to over 13 miles of bus lanes along key routes across the cities. The investment will also pay for a new business support programme, letting local companies ‘try before they buy’.

The Electric Nation project is seeking to recruit 500-700 people buying or leasing new electric vehicles (of all makes and models, pure electric and plug-in hybrids) to take part in the largest trial of its kind. Trial participants will get a free* smart charger installed.

Places on the trial are now filling up fast, so any new EV owners who want one of the latest smart chargers installed free of charge are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Chargemaster to open EV showroom in Milton Keynes

June 15th, 2017 § Comments Off on Chargemaster to open EV showroom in Milton Keynes § permalink

Chargemaster will be opening an EV showroom in Milton Keynes on Saturday July 22.

The 4,000sq ft showroom based at centre:mk will sell the latest EVs from a range of manufacturers, in what the company believes to be the first multi-brand centre in the UK.

Its electric vehicle experience centre’s (EVEC) official founding partners BMW i, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen, will display a range of EVs. Visitors will be able to discuss all elements of owning and running an electric vehicle.

Managed by Chargemaster and funded by Milton Keynes’ go ultra low city scheme, the EVEC has been established to increase the number of EVs sold in the area. Milton Keynes’ target is for 23% of all new cars registered locally to be electric by 2021.

Chargemaster’s chief executive David Martell said, “Opening the electric vehicle experience centre will be a landmark day, not only for the electric vehicle sector, but also for Milton Keynes residents. Becoming the UK’s first multi-brand EV showroom, it will provide a destination for visitors to make an informed decision about owning an EV, without the pressure of having to make an immediate purchase decision.

“We hope that this platform will change the way that electric vehicles are sold in cities and we’re proud to be working with Milton Keynes and Go Ultra Low to deliver this to the public.”

The EVEC is one of a number of initiatives being launched by Milton Keynes Council under the Go Ultra Low City scheme to promote the uptake of electric vehicles. These include significant investment in infrastructure, including the creation of several EV charging ‘hubs’, free parking for EVs and further grants for workplace and home charging.

Milton Keynes Council’s head of transport innovation Brian Matthews said: “The EVEC is a centrepiece of our thrust to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles and is a good example of the innovation that Milton Keynes is using to lead the way in transport innovation. We are delighted to be working with Chargemaster and six founding car manufacturers to bring this about.”

 

source: http://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/car-industry-news/2017/06/14/chargemaster-to-open-ev-showroom-in-milton-keynes

Legendary car designer Henrik Fisker unveils his Tesla rival

June 15th, 2017 § Comments Off on Legendary car designer Henrik Fisker unveils his Tesla rival § permalink

Henrik Fisker, the automotive designer behind iconic cars like the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9, unveiled his long-range, electric sedan on Saturday.

Fisker has made bold claims about the car. Last October, Fisker said the vehicle would have a range surpassing 400 miles and will be able to charge in just 9 minutes thanks to new battery technology.


Fisker previously told Business Insider that he will use graphene supercapacitors instead of traditional lithium-ion batteries to power the sedan. The technology is being developed by a team of UCLA researchers, but it’s still patent pending.

The car will have autonomous capabilities, but Fisker hasn’t specified whether it will be fully self-driving. A trapezoid frame on the front of the car will hold lidar, a key sensor that uses lasers to detect obstacles.

The sedan will be built by Detroit-based VLF Automotive, an auto company Fisker joined in January that is producing his supercar, the Force 1.

The electric car will fall in the same price range as a Tesla Model S, Fisker previously told Business Insider.

Fisker has a controversial and complicated past.

Fisker was involved in the initial design phase of the Tesla Model S, but later left Tesla to create the Fisker Karma — a $100,000 luxury hybrid sedan.

But the Karma had a host of battery issues before the company behind the car, Fisker Automotive, ultimately went bankrupt.

Fisker said he is gunning for Tesla with his new electric car.

“I think it’s pretty clear when you look at the market, when you look at the premium market, there’s really only one company that is out there, and it’s Tesla,” he previously told Business Insider.

Chargemaster announces Electric Vehicle Experience Centre launch and vehicle partners

June 12th, 2017 § Comments Off on Chargemaster announces Electric Vehicle Experience Centre launch and vehicle partners § permalink

A defining moment for the electric vehicle (EV) sector, the UK’s first multi-brand EV showroom will open its doors to the public on Saturday 22 July.

Located in a 4,000 sq ft state-of-the-art showroom at Milton Keynes’ centre:mk, the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre (EVEC) will help inform the town’s residents and visitors about the benefits of electric vehicle ownership in a relaxed setting. Showcasing the latest EVs from a range of leading vehicle manufacturers, visitors will be able to discuss all elements of owning and running an electric vehicle, as well as having the option to test a range of cars on local roads.

The EVEC’s official founding partners BMW i, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen, will display a range of leading EVs to suit all budgets and buying needs in a relaxed shopping centre environment.

Managed by Chargemaster and funded by Milton Keynes’ Go Ultra Low City scheme, the EVEC has been established to increase the number of EVs sold in the area. Milton Keynes’ target is for 23% of all new cars registered locally to be electric by 2021. Chargemaster is the UK’s largest manufacturer and operator of electric charging points.

David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster said, “Opening the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre on 22 July will be a landmark day, not only for the electric vehicle sector, but also for Milton Keynes residents. Becoming the UK’s first multi-brand EV showroom, it will provide a destination for visitors to make an informed decision about owning an EV, without the pressure of having to make an immediate purchase decision. We are delighted to receive the support from six key electric vehicle manufacturers as founding partners of the EVEC.

“We hope that this platform will change the way that electric vehicles are sold in cities and we’re proud to be working with Milton Keynes and Go Ultra Low to deliver this to the public.”

The EVEC is one of a number of initiatives being launched by Milton Keynes Council under the Go Ultra Low City scheme to promote the uptake of electric vehicles. These include significant investment in infrastructure, including the creation of several EV charging ‘hubs’, free parking for EVs and further grants for workplace and home charging.

Brian Matthews, Head of Transport Innovation at Milton Keynes Council commented, “The EVEC is a centrepiece of our thrust to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles and is a good example of the innovation that Milton Keynes is using to lead the way in transport innovation. We are delighted to be working with Chargemaster and six founding car manufacturers to bring this about.”

Source: http://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/chargemaster-announces-electric-vehicle-experience-centre-launch-vehicle-partners/

Electric cars accelerate past 2m mark globally

June 12th, 2017 § Comments Off on Electric cars accelerate past 2m mark globally § permalink

The number of electric cars in the world accelerated past the 2m barrier last year, as prices fell and manufacturers launched new models.

The number of battery-powered vehicles numbered just hundreds globally in 2005 and passed the 1m milestone in 2015, but sales jumped 60% in 2016.

China, the US and Europe accounted for more than 90% of electric vehicle sales last year, with China the single biggest market, according to research by the International Energy Agency.

In some European countries, growth has been so fast that electric cars are taking significant market share from petrol and diesel cars. 

Nearly a third of new cars sold in Norway are electric, the highest proportion worldwide, followed by 6.4% in the Netherlands and 3.4% in Sweden.

While the UK lags behind on annual registrations, industry figures this week showed that a record 4.4% of new cars sold in May were hybrid or pure electric models. More than 100,000 electric cars have been sold in the UK under a grant scheme launched in 2011.

The growth globally indicated a “rapid market evolution” in electric cars, the IEA said, but it cautioned that they made up only 0.2% of all passenger cars. 

Greg Archer, clean vehicles director at the Brussels-based Transport and Environment group, said: “The rapid rise in electric vehicle sales is a consumer-driven phenomenon rather than being down to the efforts of suppliers.” 

Decreasing costs, longer battery ranges and an increasing number of charging points were driving demand, he said.

Worldwide, the IEA found there were 2.3m charging points, although public ones were outnumbered more than six to one, suggesting most drivers were recharging at home.

The agency estimates that there will be 140m electric cars by 2030 globally if countries meet the Paris climate deal’s goal of avoiding dangerous temperature rises.

Previous forecasts for the growth of the cleaner vehicles has been overly optimistic. Barack Obama hoped US drivers would have bought 1m by 2015, but the actual number was 280,000. In May, Angela Merkel admitted that her goal of 1m electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020 would also be missed.

However, the IEA said government policies to tackle air pollution and global warming would buoy electric cars. 

The vehicles also got a boost this week from 10 countries including the UK, US, France, Germany and Japan, which have committed to an aspirational but non-binding target of 30% of market share for electric vehicles by 2030.

Oil companies have been sceptical about the impact electric cars will have on oil demand. BP projected this year that even with a hundred-fold growth in electric cars by 2035, oil demand will still be growing. 

However, the company’s chief executive, Bob Dudley, said recently that in the 20 years “obviously sales of electric vehicles will accelerate”.

Carl-Henric Svanberg, BP’s chairman, told shareholders at the group’s AGM in May that the company would benefit from producing the gas to generate electricity for the increasing number of battery-powered cars.

Wired: Electric cars could soon charge as you drive

June 7th, 2017 § Comments Off on Wired: Electric cars could soon charge as you drive § permalink

Qualcomm has introduced a new system that can charge a car while it’s travelling at ‘highway speeds’.

Called dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC), the technology is integrated into a specially-built track, cutting out the need for electric cars to stop at charging stations.

The breakthrough could pave the way for the building of more roads capable of charging cars, and an eventual move to other electric vehicles.

Based on the Qualcomm Halo wireless electric vehicle charging technology (WEVC), the DEVC tech can charge two vehicles on the same track simultaneously. What’s more, vehicles can pick up charge while travelling forwards and in reverse.

The technology was demonstrated at the 100-metre FABRIC test track at Satory Versailles, France, where the two vehicles were able to charge at up to 20 kilowatts while travelling at high speed.

Testing on the track will continue until the end of the year
Testing on the track will continue until the end of the year

The pseudo-acronym FABRIC stands for FeAsiBility analysis and development of on-Road chargIng solutions for future electriC vehicles and is a €9 million (£7.6m) project, mostly funded by the European Commission. Built by VEDECOM, the FABRIC test track was fitted with charging tech by Qualcomm, while VEDECOM and Renault worked together to equip two Renault Kangoo vehicles with the receiving part of the technology.

“The installation of one of the world’s first DEVC test platforms has provided us with a unique test facility and we look forward to expanding our expertise with the future testing,” said VEDECOM CEO Luc Marbach.

The FABRIC project began in January 2014 and is scheduled to continue until December 2017. The initiative is being undertaken by 25 organisations from nine European countries, including car makers, suppliers, and automotive research groups.

It is hoped the breakthrough in dynamic charging will make electric vehicles a far more attractive option for car users.

“We see dynamic charging as a great vision to further enhance the ease of use of EVs [Electric Vehicles], thus the accessibility of EVs for all,” said Eric Feunteun, Electric Vehicle Program Director, Groupe Renault.

The aim of the current project is to investigate how the range of electric cars ban be boosted.

“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,” said Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager for Wireless Charging at Qualcomm.


Source: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/electric-cars-charging-qualcomm

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