Electric road powers Renault EVs

Isaac Cain
May 19, 2017

So far, we know that Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom provided the dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system in the road, and Vedecom and Renault took care of the parts placed in the auto.

Renault has revealed its vision for the future of electric vehicle recharging. The charging system requires extra componentry to be fitted to the electric vehicles.

Qualcomm showed the world how an electric auto can be charged wirelessly while on the road Thursday.

However, this is a blue sky idea as widespread infrastructure changes would be required to make dynamic wireless charging a reality as specialised equipment would need to be embedded in the road surfaces.

RENAULT HAS partnered with technology companies Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom in designing a wireless electric charging system that's "capable of charging an electric vehicle dynamically with a charge of up to 20 kilowatts at speeds up to, and in excess of, 100kmh".

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Despite the fact that electric vehicle charging rates have been improving rapidly and should soon solve the charging issue, there are still a few companies working on dynamic charging technology (DEVC) as a potential solution for charging times. The initiative is being undertaken by 25 organisations from nine European countries, including auto makers, suppliers, and automotive research groups.

The dynamic charging demonstrations took place at the 100-metre test track, built by Vedecom at Satory, Versailles, near Paris with Qualcomm and Vedecomm installing the system in the track and Vedecom and Renault installing the secondary part into the Kangoos. The main aim of FABRIC is to conduct feasibility analysis of wireless DEVC as a means of EV range extension. The track can charge the EVs whether they're driving forward or in reverse. "Our engineers have worked very closely with Qualcomm Technologies".

"I am immensely proud of what we have achieved", says Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager for wireless charging within Qualcomm.

Renault, Chargemaster and Qualcomm are teaming up to trial dynamic EV charging at speeds of up to 60mph/96kph.

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