Jaguar Land Rover has teamed up with the city of Oslo, Norway to add 25 new Jaguar I-Pace electric vehicles (EV) to the world’s first wirelessly charged taxi network.
Jaguar will supply the vehicles as part of the ElectriCity project, which also involves the Nordic taxi operator Cabonline NorgesTaxi AS, the region’s largest charge point operator Fortum Recharge, and US technology developer Momentum Dynamics.
The unique part of the project is that the electric taxis will be charged wirelessly to help avoid downtime.
Multiple charging points of between 50-75 kW of power will be installed in the ground at designated pick-up and drop-off areas. This will allow the EVs to charge while they wait for the next fare.
All the driver has to do is pull up and park over one of the wireless charging pads, there is no need to plug anything in.
While the wait won’t be long enough for a full charge, multiple charges like this will be enough to keep the EV driving passengers around all day.
With the project, Oslo is hoping to become home to the world’s first zero-emissions taxi fleet in the world by 2024. In addition, Norway has also laid out new rules that all new cars sold in the country by 2025 must be zero emission.