Volvo Cars has announced plans to test a new wireless charging technology in a live city environment alongside selected partners to evaluating its potential for future EVs. The tests fall under the umbrella of projects under Gothenburg Green City Zone alongside similar sustainability-focused technology projects.
Over a three-year period, a small fleet of XC40 Recharge EVs will be used as taxis by Cabonline, a taxi operator in the Nordic region, and charged wirelessly at stations in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The wireless charging stations to be used in the test will be delivered by Momentum Dynamics. Charging starts automatically once a compatible vehicle parks over the charging pad embedded in the street. Energy is sent through the charging pad, which is picked up by a receiver unit in the car.
To align the car with the charging pad, Volvo will leverage the 360-degree camera system fitted onto its vehicles. For the XC40 Recharge, the wireless charging power will run above 40 kW – 10 kW less than a wired DC fast charger.
Throughout the trial, Volvo’s cars will be used for more than 12 hours a day and drive more than 100,000 km (62,137 miles) per year. For the OEM, this consistent usage represents the first durability test of its EVs in a commercial usage scenario.
Other partners involved in the wireless charging project include the company’s own Swedish retailers, Volvo Bil and Volvo Car Sörred, Swedish energy company Vattenfall and its charging network InCharge, Göteborg Energi, the city’s energy company, and Business Region Gothenburg.
Through holding the tests in a real city, Volvo hopes to accelerate the development of technologies and services in a number of areas – including electrification, shared mobility, autonomous driving, connectivity and safety.