In the UK, Char.gy is starting a 12 month wireless EV charging trial to be open to the general public in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Nine additional trials are to take place across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
The trial will utilise a fleet of 10 Renault Zoes provided by the peer-to-peer car-sharing company Hiyacar that have been equipped with aftermarket induction charging kits.
The trial is and has been made possible with collaboration with universities. The Open University, also based in Milton Keynes, will gather research based on driver feedback about the project to gauge its success. The charging pads from Char.gy have been developed by the University of Warwick and wireless power specialist IPT Technology. The pads utilise similar technology to that currently in use by the #7 bus route in Milton Keynes.
In Marlow, Buckinghamshire, an inductive charging pad has been installed into a dedicated parking space in the Liston Road car park. Members of the general public will be able to rent one of the electric cars for £1 per hour or £5 per day (plus additional insurance costs), and still have the option of charging via the conventional charging cable.
The trial has been funded by the Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Innovate UK. A similarly supported inductive charging project with Sprint Power started last month for 6-8 months in Leeds, Nottingham and Warwick.
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