One of the bottlenecks of electric cars is the need to recharge them. Unlike pumping gas, recharging an electric car takes considerably longer. While this might not be a big deal for regular drivers, it might prove a problem for taxis where anytime they are not fetching passengers, it is income lost.
However, over in the UK, the government has decided to launch an open trial in which they will start publicly testing wireless charging for taxis. What this means is that while these taxis are driving, they will be charged wirelessly which means that in theory, they should be able to drive around non-stop without stopping to recharging their car’s batteries.
The government will be trialing this over in the city of Nottingham where over the period of six months, it will see them test out the tech using 10 Nissan and LEVC electric taxis that have been specially outfitted with wireless charging technology. The government is also considering that in the future, they could open this up to the public, where drivers of electric cars can also benefit from it.
This is not the first time we’re seeing such technology being implemented. Last year, the government of Norway also introduced a similar system for its own taxis, but it’s good to see that it is starting to make its way around the world.