Fortum and the City of Oslo are working on fast-charging infrastructure for taxis
Clean-energy company Fortum is cooperating with the City of Oslo and Momentum Dynamics to build a wireless fast-charging infrastructure for taxis in the Norwegian capital.
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 kW. The project is expected to be the first wireless fast-charging infrastructure for electric taxis in the world
The greatest hurdle has been the infrastructure has been the greatest hurdle, according to Fortum, due to the time-consuming nature of taxi drivers needing to find a charger, plug in, and 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.
"We will install the wireless chargers at taxi stands, such as the one at the Oslo Central Station. Taxis will be able to drive up to the charger, and a wireless charging session will automatically start. This allows the taxis to charge in a place where they would be waiting, anyway, for new customers. The difference is that they won’t be emitting exhaust while waiting; instead, they will be receiving renewable energy to charge the taxi's battery," said Annika Hoffner, Head of Fortum Charge & Drive.
"The future is electric, and it is already here, right now. Wireless charging is a potential game changer. 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," said Sture Portvik, the City of Oslo's Electro Mobility Manager.
"We are now welcoming automakers to join us in this exciting and innovative project," said Hoffner.