Even though electric car chargers are getting much faster, it’s still annoying to have to find a charger and then wait for your car to charge. What if both things were taken out of the equation and you never had to look for a charger or even stop to charge your car? Renault recently demonstrated a new dynamic wireless electric vehicle (DEVC) charging system, which allows vehicles to charge while driving.
The system dynamically recharges an electric car that’s traveling up to 60 mph
Renault has teamed up with Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom in designing a DEVC system capable of charging an electric vehicle dynamically with a charge of up to 20 kilowatts at speeds up to 60 mph. Renault recently showed off the technology with two Renault Kangoo Z.E. vehicles that charged in both directions along a track. The test is part of FABRIC is a €9 million project, partly-funded by the European Union to address the technological feasibility, economic viability, and socio-environmental sustainability of wireless DEVC.
The dynamic charging demonstrations took place at a 100-meter test track, built by Vedecom at Satory, Versailles, near Paris, within the FABRIC project. Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom installed the primary part of the DEVC system in the test track, whilst Vedecom and Renault installed the secondary part onto the two Renault vehicles. Next the DEVC system will be handed over to Vedecom to perform tests for FABRIC. The tests will evaluate the operation and efficiency of energy transfer to the vehicles for a wide range of practical scenarios including vehicle identification and authorization on entering track, power level agreement between track and vehicle, speed and alignment of vehicle along track.
“Contributing to this exciting project has enabled us to test and further research dynamic charging on our Kangoo Z.E. vehicles,” said Eric Feunteun, Electric Vehicle Program Director, Groupe Renault. “Our research engineers have worked very closely with the Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom teams to complete the DEVC system integration demonstration as part of FABRIC. We see dynamic charging as a great vision to further enhance the ease of use of EVs, and the accessibility of EVs for all.”