Renault test wireless charging roads for electric cars | Cars | Life & Style

A radical new technology could be a test of what the future holds for the motoring industry. 

Wireless charging roads are being tested by Renault which allows drivers to charge their vehicle as they are driving. 

Dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) is a partnership project between Renault and Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom. 

These roads would be able to provide a charge of up to 20 kilowatts at speeds up to and in excess of 62 miles per hour. 

DEVC has been designed to support real-world implementation of dynamic charging and allows drivers to charge their vehicles in both directions along the track. 

Renault Kangoo Z.E was the car to test the new road project on a 100-metre test track built by Vedecom at Satory, Versailles, near Paris. 

Tests will no evaluate how effectively the technology can allow charge to be wirelessly transferred from the road to the car. 

The project, called FABRIC, is a €9 million initiative partly-funded by the European Union which looks to address the technological feasibility, economic viability, and socio-environmental sustainability of wireless DEVC. 

The project began in January 2014 and will continue through December 2017.

“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.

“We see dynamic charging as a great vision to further enhance the ease of use of EVs, and the accessibility of EVs for all.”

“We are inventors. We are wireless electric vehicle charging.

“This dynamic charging demonstration is the embodiment of this,” said Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager, Wireless Charging, Qualcomm Incorporated. 

“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved. 

“The combination of a…

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