A hidden continuous charging system for electric vehicles is being trialled.
You won’t have to stop and recharge at intervals but simply drive and the vehicle would be wirelessly or inductively boosted.
ElectReon is an Israeli’s company that has developed a unique Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer (DWPT) technology. The solution is promising low cost, easy to deploy, 85% efficient, reliable and clean EV charging.
Noam Ilan is ElectReon’s VP, Business Development and a company co-founder and he told Auto Futures how the system works.
A receiver, installed at the bottom of every bus or vehicle, enables the reception of energy during the drive without changing driver habits. It transmits the energy directly to the engine in the same way that batteries do.
A unique copper coil, that is passive and comprises one metre segments, is added to the road infrastructure and located under the driving lanes. When a vehicle rides over a given segment, it transmits energy to the receiver.
A smart inverter transfer the energy from the electricity grid to the stripe, communicating in real time with all vehicles within the system.
Ilan says the solution has many cost benefits. “ElectReon’s cost-saving system provides lower bus costs with battery-free electric buses, lower operational cost per km, some 70% reduced cost compared with diesel buses, lower infrastructure and maintenance costs, 75% reduced cost compared with trolley buses. The system also creates energy due to vehicle braking, and can share that energy with other vehicles within the grid.”
The solution does work with electric cars – Renault has given them an electric Renault Zoe for testing at its HQ in the town of Beit Yana. But, for the moment, ElectReon is concentrating on the public transit sector as buses, unlike cars, have fixed routes.
Ilan says the current solutions for electrifying public transit in depots or at fast charging stations have many challenges. He notes that DWPT can provide cost savings since the required batteries are much smaller than the current ones used for electric buses.
The technology is going to be fully tested in a pilot project in Tel Aviv.
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