The Norwegian capital of Oslo will shortly become the first city in the world to implement a series of wireless charging systems for electric taxis.
Reuters reports that the job will see charging plates with induction technologies installed in the road at different taxi ranks across town. Finnish utility company Fortum has been tasked with developing and introducing the wireless charging solution.
By implementing such a system, the government expects to increase the number of electric taxis in Oslo by reducing the requirement for motorists to spend time at traditional charging stations. By implementing wireless charging in various places, taxi drivers will have the ability to control their vehicles as they wait for passengers. It is noted that the technology will allow for charging up to 75 kilowatts.
“The future is electric, and it’s already here, right now. Wireless charging is a possible game-changer,” Oslo’s electromobility manager Sture Portvik said. “From 2023 onward, all taxis in Oslo will be zero emission. Along with the taxi industry, we will be sure the shift is as user-friendly and effective as possible.
“Oslo will always be in the very front of innovation and we are thrilled to join forces with two of the business ’s most progressive players in this game-changing move to launch the world’s most ambitious strategy for wireless charging of a taxi fleet. ”
Implementing such an innovative system in Norway is fitting given the country’s love for electric vehicles. The country has the highest rate of electric car ownership in the world and approximately one-third of all new cars sold last year were electric.
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