Funder: OLEV (Innovate UK)
Partners: UK Power Networks Services, UPS, High Speed 1
Wireless charging has long been hailed as an important technology for accelerating EV uptake. However, there are few real-world demonstrators of the technology.
We consider that wireless charging has the potential to deliver lower cost EV charging, safer unobtrusive infrastructure, and provide an important solution where physical space or user requirements means that wired charging is not possible or not feasible.
We consider that the lack of wireless charging projects in the UK is primarily the result of a lack of clarity or confusion around the business case for wireless with many users considering this technology immature or lacking a strong business case.
For each of the three use-cases identified:
- Evaluate the readiness of the wireless charging technology and estimate system costs
- Assess the economic, social and environmental benefits
- Develop the business case
- Develop the project initiation documents and functional specifications for each of use-case shown to be feasible
Main areas of focus
This project will establish the fundamental economics of wireless charging. The project will develop and test the business case of wireless charging for a number of common real-life use cases which are replicable and scaleable. Three use-cases will be examined:
- Depot based charging of logistics vehicles, charging whilst vehicles are being loaded with packages - explored with UPS
- On-site charging of utilities vehicles, charging whilst engineers work - explored with UK Power Networks Services
- Charging of taxis moving along a taxi-tank, charging whilst drivers wait for jobs - explored with HS1
How is this innovative?
The will be the first time a feasibility study of this type has been undertaken in the UK. A positive business case will accelerate the uptake of wireless charging. A negative business case will inform what the key drivers for wireless charging are and where improvements need to occur to make wireless charging feasible.
The project brings together world leading organisations who will deliver a highly credible feasibility study. A global leading logistics company (UPS), Europe's most reliable high speed rail company (HS1), one of UK's largest power distribution company (UK Power Networks Services) and one of the Europe's leading academic institutions specialising in automotive transport engineering (Warwick Manufacturing Group).
The output of this project has the potential to lead to a pilot demonstrator project and significantly accelerate EV uptake, whilst unlocking a whole new market for EVs, associated infrastructure and the companies who service this market.