Norway’s capital city of Oslo is going to be the world’s first metropolitan area to put in wireless, induction-based charging stations for electric taxis, in an effort to create a zero-emission taxi system just as early as 2023, based on Reuters. Norway would like to go even farther than this, however, and so is mandating that all new automobiles sold in the nation become all-electric by 2025.
To pull off the cab charging platform, Norway is tapping Finnish utilities company Fortum, which will be working with US firm Momentum Dynamics and the civic authorities of Oslo to set up charging plates at the street that connect to electricity recipients in the vehicles . The target is to make it as simple as possible to control electric taxis, as doing this today is awkward, time-consuming, rather pricey. Using induction, that can be much more energy efficient, the taxis can be billed as they wait patiently in what is called a taxi rank, or even a slow-moving queue at which cabs line up to await passengers.
Fortum explained the system in the latest press announcement as,
The project aims to install wireless charging using induction technology. Charging plates are installed in the ground where the taxi is parked and a receiver is installed in the taxi. This allows for charging up to 75 kilowatts. The project will be the first wireless fast-charging infrastructure for electric taxis anywhere in the world, and will also help the further development of wireless charging technology for all EV drivers.
Fortum Charge & Drive has long been working with the taxi industry to enable electrification of the taxi fleet. The greatest hurdle has proved to be the infrastructure: It is too time consuming for taxi drivers to find a charger, plug in and then wait for the car to charge. The wireless fast-charging project aims to solve these issues and thereby reduce climate emissions from the taxi sector – not only in Norway, but in the entire world.
“The future is electric, and it is already here, right now. Wireless charging is a potential game changer,” said Sture Portvik, Oslo’s electro mobility manager, in a statement.
He further added, “From 2023 onward, all taxis in Oslo will be zero emission. Together with the taxi industry we will make sure that the shift is as user friendly and efficient as possible. Oslo will always be at the front of innovation and we are delighted to join forces with two of the industry’s most progressive players in this game-changing move to launch the world’s most ambitious plan for wireless charging of a taxi fleet.”
Norway is just able to pull off this because of several logistical and financial elements. For starters, the nation has a population of just 5.3 million individuals, which makes it simple for the authorities to produce large scale, holistic changes to its own infrastructure which in other, bigger nations would take considerably longer and get much more pushback. In addition, as Reuters points outside, Norway isn’t home to some automotive firm that would fight taxation and other laws which intends to incentivize taxpayers to utilize electric vehicles. Because of this, Norway has exempted electrical car owners from particular taxes and contributed away advantages like free tolls and parking to people using zero-emission vehicles.
In accordance with Reuters, Norway currently has the maximum speed of electrical car ownership on the planet, and it outpaces Germany as Europe’s fastest-growing electric automobile marketplace. This past year, the nation bought a total of 46,143 new electrical automobiles. This makes one of every three new cars sold in the nation an electrical one. By comparison, US taxpayers bought over 17 million new cars this past year, with only 1.2 percentage of those being electrical, based on the International Energy Agency.