No plugs needed: How wireless charging could set electric cars free. The rise of wireless charging for electric cars means you may never have to worry about plugging in again. ELECTRIC cars have several advantages over gas guzzlers, but having to plug them in every day isn’t one of them. The good news is that you may not need to – all electric cars could soon come with wireless chargers. “I won’t buy a car I have to plug in again,” says engineer Olaf Simon, who organised a trial of wireless charging in Berlin, Germany. “Wireless charging is so convenient.”
New Scientist 13th Feb 2020 read more »
Project WiCET (Wireless Charging for Electric Taxis) is a phase 1 feasibility study, awarded as part of the Innovate UK competitions. The three-month projects completed Spring 2019, with the potential to apply for phase 2 funding for a full-scale demonstrator project. WiCET assesses the potential for deploying wireless charging infrastructure for eTaxis using Nottingham and London as case studies. The study develops an appropriate charging infrastructure, explores integration of wireless chargers with vehicle and road infrastructure, develops back office solutions, delivers policy recommendations and safety observations and engages with stakeholders to assess the financial viability of the proposal.
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EDF has snapped up a majority stake in electric vehicle (EV) charging specialist Pod Point, marking the French energy giant’s largest investment in the EV market to date, it announced today. Confirming BusinessGreen reports last week that it had made an approach for Pod Point, EDF today said it had finalised the deal to acquire a majority stake in the UK company for an undisclosed fee, although the sum is thought to be worth in the region of £110m.
Business Green 13th Feb 2020 read more »
EDF has bought one of Britain’s biggest electric vehicle charging companies in the latest foray by an energy company into renewables. The French state-controlled utility is understood to have paid more than £100m for Pod Point, a British charging firm, in its first such investment. There are about 30,000 charging connectors across almost 11,000 locations in the UK, but critics say they are too concentrated in big cities. The Government recently said that petrol and diesel cars could be banned as soon as 2032 – a development that prompt surging demand for charging points, experts predict.
Telegraph 13th Feb 2020 read more »
NORTH Lanarkshire Council’s Environment and Transportation Committee has backed a project which could see up to £5 million invested into electric vehicle (EV) charging and electricity network infrastructure across Lanarkshire.
The National 13th Feb 2020 read more »