Qualcomm Trials Wireless Charging Of Electric Vehicles On Renault Kangoo

Electric cars shown charging while travelling on the test track

Electric cars shown charging while travelling on the test trackQualcomm

Renault on Thursday took part in a demonstration of new charging technology that could prove a major boon to electric cars. Qualcomm's track has charging pads embedded on the road surface and receiving parts onboard the two Renault Kangoo vehicles picks up the charge.

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 €9 million FABRIC project is mostly funded by the European Commission, and its participants include 25 organizations from nine European countries, including auto makers, suppliers, and automotive research groups. Even better, the track can charge more than one auto traveling on it, without a degradation in output. The new charging tech was unveiled in a live demonstration, and showed that Dynamic Electric Vehicle Charging, also known as DEVC, has the ability to dynamically charge an electric vehicle at up to 20 kilowatts when the vehicle is being driven at highway speeds. That's why Renault has teamed up with USA tech industry giant Qualcomm and French technology institute Vedecom to side-step the EV recharging stop altogether, creating an electric vehicle charging system which works on the move.

"We are inventors. We are wireless electric vehicle charging".

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The dynamic charging demonstrations took place at the 100-meter FABRIC test track, which has been built by VEDECOM at Satory Versailles. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved.

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.

FABRIC, which began in 2014, has 25 organizations from nine European countries focused on wireless DEVC. The main aim of FABRIC is to conduct feasibility analysis of wireless DEVC as a means of EV range extension. Now, the system will be handed to VEDECOM for several tests that have to be done on a larger scale, and to replicate practical scenarios including vehicle identification, authorization, agreement of power level between the track and vehicle, and the speed and alignment of the vehicle along the track.

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