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June 18 2024

UTAC brings its expertise to the inductive charging of electric vehicles

The INCIT-EV project is an innovative European project that explores new charging infrastructure and associated business models, to improve the experience of electric vehicle users.

At the heart of this project, 5 charging demonstration environments in urban, peri-urban and extra-urban conditions are carried out. The Paris demonstrator is exploring a new technology: inductive charging, allowing a vehicle to be recharged without plugging it into a terminal.

This technology was put to the test on June 12, in a Parisian street in the 17th arrondissement. As part of this project, Vedecom, a French R&D institute dedicated to the transition to new mobility, designed an induction charging system while driving integrated into the roadway by Colas.

In co-design with the global automobile manufacturer Stellantis, a first prototype vehicle integrating this charging system has been developed. Vedecom then equipped two other vehicles including a utility vehicle. UTAC was thus able to carry out measurements of magnetic and electric fields directly on the road.

The principle of inductive charging is based on coils installed under the asphalt. When a vehicle equipped with this technology passes over the phenomenon of magnetic resonance between the two allows a transfer of power which directly powers the engine and the excess energy also allows it to be recharged at the same time.

The main objective of this experimental phase is to measure the effective power and test the efficiency at different speeds in a representative environment. Ultimately, the proposal is to be able to implement this technology in parking spaces (static life case), in taxi queues (semi-static life case) or in classic road or logistics infrastructures (dynamic life case) allowing vehicles to recharge without having to use charging stations. Although future applications have not yet been defined, this project is a POC -Proof Of Concept- which determines the technical feasibility and power requirements. “This initiative represents a significant step forward in the field of sustainable mobility, and sharing our expertise on the evaluation of this technology allows us to play a key role on this subject,” explains José Fernandes, Expert at UTAC.

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