Norway will install the world’s first wireless electric car charging stations for Oslo taxis

The capital city of Norway, Oslo, will be the first metropolitan area in the world to install wireless charging stations based on induction for electric taxis, in an attempt to achieve a cabin system with zero emissions by 2023, according to Reuters . However, Norway wants to go even further than that, and demands that all new cars sold in the country be fully electric by 2025.

To carry out the taxi loading system, Norway is turning to the company's Finnish public services Fortum, which is Working with the American company Momentum Dynamics and the municipal government of Oslo to install recharge plates on the road that connect to the energy receivers in the vehicles themselves. The goal is to make electric taxis as easy as possible, since doing it now is cumbersome, time consuming and expensive. By using induction, which is more efficient in terms of energy, taxis can be charged while waiting in what is known as a taxi rank, or a slow-moving queue where taxis line up to wait for passengers.

Here is how Fortum describes the system that works in his press announcement:

The project aims to install wireless charging using induction technology. The loading plates are installed on the floor where the taxi is parked and a receiver is installed in the taxi. This allows loading up to 75 kilowatts. The project will be the first wireless fast charging infrastructure for electric taxis worldwide, and will also help further development of wireless charging technology for all EV drivers.

Fortum Charge & Drive has been working for a long time with the taxi industry. Allow the electrification of the taxi fleet. The biggest obstacle has proved to be the infrastructure: taxi drivers take too long to find a charger, plug it in and then wait for the car to load. The wireless fast charging project aims to solve these problems and, therefore, reduce the climate emissions of the taxi sector, not only in Norway, but worldwide.

"The future is electric, and it's here, right now, wireless charging is a potential game changer," said Sture Portvik, electric mobility manager at Oslo, in a statement. "As of 2023, all taxis in Oslo will have zero emissions. Together with the taxi industry, we will make sure that the change is as easy and efficient as possible. Oslo will always be at the forefront of innovation and we are delighted to join two of the most progressive players in the industry in this game-changer to launch the world's most ambitious plan for the wireless charging of a fleet of taxis. "

Norway can only achieve this due to a series of logistical and economic factors: on the one hand, the country has a population of only 5.3 million people, which makes it easier for the government to make holistic changes on a large scale in its infrastructure Reuters notes, Norway is not the home of any automotive company that can fight taxes and other laws that seek to incentivize citizens to use electric vehicles, as a result, Norway has exempted owners of electric vehicles from certain taxes and has given or benefits such as free tolls and parking for those who use vehicles with zero emissions.

According to Reuters, Norway now has the highest electric vehicle ownership rate in the world, and surpasses Germany as the fastest growing electric car market in Europe. Last year, the country bought a total of 46,143 new electric cars. That makes one out of every three new cars sold in the country electric. In contrast, US citizens bought more than 17 million new cars last year, and only 1.2 percent of them are electric, according to the International Energy Agency.

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