Jaguar I-PACE And City of Oslo To Launch Wireless Charging Taxi Project

Jaguar Land Rover has agreed to support the City of Oslo with the world’s first high-powered wireless taxi.

The project, named ‘ElectriCity’, will see Jaguar Land Rover join forces with Nordic taxi operator Cabonline, US technology developer Momentum Dynamics and the City of Oslo to build a wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for taxis in the Norwegian capital.

When completed, it will be the first of its kind in the world. By providing an infrastructure that can be implemented almost anywhere, it is hoped that it will increase the adoption of electric vehicles around the globe in a short space of time.

Jaguar Land Rover will provide 25 Jaguar I-PACE models to Cabonline for the project. Engineers from both Momentum Dynamics and Jaguar Land Rover helped in testing.

Charging plates at 50-75 kilowatts each are installed in the ground at pick-up and drop-off points, allowing taxis to charge whilst waiting for their next fare. The system is situated below ground, removing the need for any wires. The system engages automatically and provides an average of 6-8 minutes of energy per each charge up to 50kW. Being able to charge up on every return to the taxi rank ensures a 24/7 service can be provided without range restrictions.

“We’re extremely proud of our track record in electrification and we’re committed to making electric vehicles easier to own and use. The taxi industry is the ideal test bed for wireless charging, and indeed for high-mileage electric mobility across the board.

The inherently safe, energy efficient and high-powered wireless charging platform will prove critical for electric fleets, as the infrastructure is more effective than refuelling a conventional vehicle.

We’re delighted to be part of ElectriCity and to continue to lead the field in electric vehicle technology. This is a great step forward to reaching our Destination Zero mission.”

- Professor Sir Ralf Speth. Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive

“As part of our commitment to reducing emissions by 95 per cent before 2030, we have put many exciting measures in place, but transport continues to be a key challenge. By improving infrastructure and providing better charging to the taxi industry, we are confident that by 2024 all taxis in Oslo will be zero emission. To reach our goal, the public sector, politicians and private enterprises must come together, as we do in this project.”

- Arild Hermstad, City of Oslo’s Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport

The ElectriCity partnership forms part of Jaguar Land Rover’s ambition to create healthier and safer societies, whilst also reducing emissions. Their focus is on achieving Destination Zero – a future of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion.

Find out more about the Jaguar I-PACE or contact your local Harwoods Jaguar today for more information.

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