Volvo will test a wireless charging system for electric cars as part of a program to test alternative charging options. A small fleet of electric Volvo XC40 Recharge cars will be used as taxis in Gothenburg in a three-year pilot.
The cars are equipped with a wireless charging system from Momentum Dynamics. Charging plates will be embedded in the ground at two taxi ranks. Volvo will use 360-degree cameras to help drivers put the cars in the right position and when they are in the right place, the taxis’ batteries will be charged automatically. An image shared by Momentum Dynamics showed an EV charge at 41kW.
The concept of incorporating charging technology into the roads is , but it has not really taken off yet. Researchers and engineers are still working on other ways to charge electric cars so at some point in the future, drivers may never need to visit a regular charging station.