Latest News

Renault shows the future of electric vehicles with Kangoo Z.E wireless charging

Monday 22 May 2017, By Autovolo

Renault shows the future of electric vehicles with Kangoo Z.E wireless charging

Renault shows the future of electric vehicles with Kangoo Z.E wireless charging

Renault has demonstrated an all-new method of electric car charging that could revolutionise the way batteries are replenished.

Called dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC), the system allows vehicles to charge while driving. Areas under the road transfer electrical energy directly to the car while it is on the move, allowing for simple recharges. 

Capable of charging at speeds of up to 62mph, DEVC would allow for greater electric car range and driver freedom.

The technology has been showcased on a 100-metre test track near Paris, with two Renault Kangoo Z.E vehicles used as pilot cars.

Eric Feunteun, Renault’s electric vehicle program director, said: “Contributing to this exciting project has enabled us to test and further research dynamic charging on our Kangoo Z.E. vehicles.

“Our research engineers have worked very closely with the Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom teams to complete the DEVC system integration demonstration as part of FABRIC. We see dynamic charging as a great vision to further enhance the ease of use of EVs, and the accessibility of EVs for all.”

The tests are designed to support the real-world application of the technology, and look to evaluate the efficiency of the energy transfer. 

Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager of wireless charging for Qualcomm, a partner of Renault’s and a key designer of the technology, said: “We are inventors. We are wireless electric vehicle charging. This dynamic charging demonstration is the embodiment of this.”