At the moment electric cars still need to be plugged in when charging. The problem with this solution is that it can be slow and due to the limited nature of these plugs, it also means that other cars might have to wait longer than you might wait for a car to get refueled using more traditional methods.
However over in Norway, a Finnish utility company by the name of Fortum is working on a wireless charging system that will help keep the country’s electric taxis topped up and charged. The country is aiming for all of its taxis to be at zero emission by 2023 and Fortum believes that this could encourage the adoption of more electric taxis.
The company thinks that current hard-wired charging is too time-consuming, and they think that their wireless charging system will help keep taxis charged up while idling at taxi stands waiting for customers. Fortum’s system is expected to be capable of charging taxis at up to 75kW. There is no word on when this system will be implemented, but if successful it could open up all sorts of possibilities where it could potentially be used in homes, parking bays in malls, and so on.
The charging plates will be used at taxi ranks which will then be linked to a receiver installed in the taxis themselves.