Renault has demonstrated a way for electric vehicles to be charged whilst driving. In collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom, Renault has designed a system capable of charging an electric vehicle dynamically with a charge of up to 20 kilowatts at speeds up to, and in excess of, 62mph.
Two Renault Kangoo ZE vans were used for the demonstrations, which took place at a 100-metre test track built by Vedecom at Satory, Versailles.
Vedecom and Qualcomm Technologies installed the test track, while Renault and Vedecom placed the secondary part of the system onto the two vehicles.
The system will now be handed over to Vedecom, who will investigate the operation and efficiency of energy transfer to vehicles across a wide range of scenarios. These tests will be completed for FABRIC.
FABRIC is a project, partly funded by the European Union, aimed at addressing the economic, technological and environmental feasibility of DEVC (dynamic electric vehicle charging).
Commencing in January of 2014, the project is scheduled to continue through to December of this year and will have input from professionals across the automotive industry. The project’s principal aim is feasibility analysis in order to facilitate the extension of electronic vehicle ranges.