Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Renault Kangoo ZE: a future of never plugging in electric vehicles?

Renault Kangoo ZE: a future of never plugging in electric vehicles?

Renault has participated with Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom in designing a DEVC system capable of charging an electric vehicle dynamically with a charge of up to 20 kilowatts at speeds up to, and in excess of, 100 kilometers per hour.

DEVC technology is closely based on another system designed and owned by the California-based semiconductor company - their Halo wireless electric vehicle charging technology, more commonly known as WEVC. Even better, the track can charge more than one auto traveling on it, without a degradation in output.

The technology, being developed by Qualcomm with help from Renault and Vedecom, a French think tank that promotes future mobility solutions, would enable electric cars to charge their batteries while on the move. But in the long-term and with the advent of autonomous driving, we could see the technology being used on sections of highways in order increase the on-road time of some vehicles, especially trucks.

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The facility will be used to conduct testing that would collect data on the system's safety, ability to identify and correctly invoice vehicles, charging alignment issues and power transfer capabilities between the vehicle and the road.

Obvious advantages of dynamic wireless charging include reduced down time to allow electric vehicles to recharge, which can take hours on a fully depleted battery, potentially meaning never needing to plug an EV in again.

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

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The demo took place this Thursday on a 100-meter (328-ft) test track built by Vedecom and located in Versailles, France, near Paris. FABRIC has been under development since January 2014, and is supported by a group of 25 automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and research organizations from Europe.

FABRIC* is a €9 million project, partly-funded by the European Union, addressing the technological feasibility, economic viability, and socio-environmental sustainability of wireless DEVC.

The video that Qualcomm put up for the public shows how, if this system works, will help you call a auto using your smartphone, pick you up, and then drop you at the destination autonomously. "I am immensely proud of what we have achieved".

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