In a programme known as ‘ElectriCity’, Jaguar Land Rover will join Nordic taxi operator NorgesTaxi AS, the region’s largest charge point operator Fortum Recharge, U.S. technology developer Momentum Dynamics and the City of Oslo to build wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for taxis in the Norwegian capital.
The project will be the first wireless high-powered charging system for electric taxis in the world.
Oslo will be the world’s first metropolitan area to install wireless, induction-based high-powered charging stations for electric taxis, in a bid to make its cab system emission free as early as 2024. Norway is also mandating that all new cars sold in the country by 2025 are zero emission.
Prof. Sir Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Executive, says: “We’re extremely proud of our track record in electrification and we’re committed to making electric vehicles easier to own and use. The taxi industry is the ideal test bed for wireless charging, and indeed for high-mileage electric mobility across the board.”
He adds: “The inherently safe, energy efficient and high-powered wireless charging platform will prove critical for electric fleets, as the infrastructure is more effective than refuelling a conventional vehicle.”
Arild Hermstad, the City of Oslo’s Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport, states: “As part of our commitment to reducing emissions by 95 per cent before 2030, we have put many exciting measures in place, but transport continues to be a key challenge. By improving infrastructure and providing better charging to the taxi industry, we are confident that by 2024 all taxis in Oslo will be zero emission. To reach our goal, the public sector, politicians and private enterprises must come together, as we do in this project.”
Momentum Dynamics CEO, Andy Daga, says: “We are pleased that the system was integrated by Momentum and Jaguar Land Rover engineers into the I-PACE in a matter of weeks, even with the difficulties of COVID-19. This project perfectly outlines the automatic electric taxi charging model for any city looking to implement zero emission transportation.”
By 2020, all public transport in Oslo will use renewable energy, and all public transport must be emissions-free by 2028.