A trial is under way in the UK to test the ability to charge electric taxis without wires.
The Wireless Charging Electric Taxis (WiCET) project launched in February in Nottingham, England.
Five wireless charging pads are set to be installed at the city's Trent Street rank and nine vehicles will be fitted with wireless charging hardware.
These vehicles will be loaned to local drivers for them to experience the technology, while the council and its project partners will monitor the trial and take learnings forward to future wireless charging projects.
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For wireless charging to work, electricity is transferred from one magnetic coil in the charger, which is hidden beneath the road surface, to a second magnetic coil or pad fitted to the underside of the vehicle.
The three main benefits of the project are:
It's hoped the £3.4 million scheme, which is being funded by the Department for Transport, will lead to a reduction in emissions and help the city to achieve its ‘carbon neutral by 2028’ target.
Meanwhile, for those interested or curious about electric vehicles, Arnold Clark recently opened the Innovation Centre.
The new £5 million site opened last year on Dumbarton Road in Glasgow’s West End with the aim of educating visitors about the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles and why they are becoming so important.
There are more than 60 vehicles on site available to test-drive, from plug-in and self-charging hybrids to fully electric vehicles.
You can also learn about the different types of charging and generous government tax and grants available.