It’s every tram driver’s dream: a car with (almost) infinite autonomy, which doesn’t involve numerous stops and unexpected problems with the battery. The new ‘Future Square’ lives up to its name and could be the first step towards the future of electric charging.
This future circuit was developed by A35 Brebemi, in collaboration with Stellantis.
A few days ago, it was Stilants He showed the world a project he had been working on in recent months: "The Arena of the Future". DWPT (Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer) technology to wirelessly charge electric vehicles while traveling on specially equipped roads has been demonstrated in Chiari, Italy, behind the wheel of the new electric FIAT 500.
According to one press release Issued by Stellantis, DWPT is a coil system placed under asphalt. It transmits power directly to cars, trucks and buses without having to stop at charging stations to ensure the battery is recharged.
According to the same statement, the technology aims to "simplify the customer's approach to electric mobility", as well as respond to the decarbonization of the mobility sector.
Our long-term strategic plan, Dare Forward 2030, is based on the premise of providing 'Advance Mobility' for all and this project is the core of our path as a company.
He said Ann Lise Richardhead of the global e-mobility business unit at Stellantis.
Methods guarantee infinite battery (almost)
Cooperation with Stellantis is A35 Premiowned by Aleatica, the global transportation infrastructure company, focused on sustainable and innovative mobility solutions. Together, the two companies have developed technology that can be adapted to any electric vehicle, as long as it is equipped with a specific receiver that ensures power is transferred from the road infrastructure to the electric motor. This way, drivers see their vehicle's range increase and the tram's battery conserves.
By working with this amazing group of partners, we've demonstrated that induction charging technology can support our electric future.
These joint ventures represent exciting steps in the work toward longer battery life, reduced range concern, increased energy efficiency, smaller batteries, great performance, and reduced weight and cost.
Explained by Ann Lise Richard.
The conclusions are encouraging for the future of electric charging
Tests conducted by the companies show that "the efficiency of the energy flow from asphalt to the vehicle is comparable to the characteristic efficiency of fast charging stations, which is why the driver does not need to stop to recharge," reveals the Stellaantis Press release.
Furthermore, the FIAT 500 electric car showed that it is possible to travel at typical highway speeds without consuming energy stored in the battery. This conclusion supports what Ann-Lise Richard said, because it is thus possible to preserve the battery of the tram.
As recounted by Stellantis, "Arena of the Future" is powered by direct current, ensuring a host of advantages:
- reduce energy loss in the process of power distribution;
- ensuring direct integration with renewable energy sources;
- Allowing the use of cables that are thinner than the AC distribution with distinct advantages in terms of packaging, weight, and harmonic current;
- The use of aluminum cables for power distribution, which is easier to obtain and costs half as compared to copper, as well as being lighter and easier to recycle in a circular economy business model.
For Times Magazine, the induction charging system, which Stellantis and his partners worked on to create the "Arena of the Future," is one of the 100 most important inventions of 2021.
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