This is a major pilot – one that sees the European Union partly funding the project, named FABRIC, looking to assess the economic viability and the socio-environmental sustainability of wireless DEVC.
DEVC translates into wireless electric vehicle charging – but this project is so much more, almost like a dream coming true. Range anxiety should be history if this materializes – because the Renault, Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom partnership explores wireless electric vehicle charging at a rate of up to 20 kW at speed of up to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h). The trio of companies has jointly designed the DEVC system to work in a real-world environment and aim to research what is called “dynamic charging.” The project uses two specially modified Renault Kangoo Z.E. electric vans on a 100-metre test track constructed by Vedecom in collaboration with Qualcomm, at Satory, Versailles, France.
“The DEVC system will shortly be handed over to Vedecom to perform tests for FABRIC. The tests will evaluate the operation and efficiency of energy transfer to the vehicles. Contributing to this exciting project has enabled us to test and further research dynamic charging on our Kangoo Z.E. vehicles,” said Eric Feunteun, Electric Vehicle Program Director, Groupe Renault. “Our research engineers have worked very closely with the Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom teams to complete the DEVC system integration demonstration as part of FABRIC.” This should be interesting because it would help quell one of the major issues with today’s electrics – the consumer fear of running out of juice on the road as well as the need to stop for long periods to recharge.