Electric Vehicles

Jaguar Land Rover joins ElectriCity wireless car charging infrastructure program

The new program allows taxis to charge will still in their route area.

Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Charging on the go can be one of the biggest obstacles in electric vehicle adoption. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has entered into a public-private partnership with the City of Oslo, Norway to support their high-powered wireless taxi program.

The partnership is part of a larger initiative called ElectriCity, which includes Nordic taxi operator Cabonline (NorgesTaxi AS), the region's largest charge point operator Fortum Recharge, U.S. technology developer Momentum Dynamics, and the City of Oslo. ElectriCity's goal is to build a wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for taxis in the Norwegian capital. JLR will provide 25 all-electric Jaguar I-PACE models to Cabonline, the largest taxi network in the Nordics.

Jaguar I-PACE Norway has heavily incentivized electric vehicle adoption.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

ElectriCity will produce the first wireless high-powered charging system for electric taxis in the world.

According to a release, engineers and technicians from Momentum Dynamics and JLR engaged to help in testing the solution, and Cabonline signed up to operate the fleet as part of Oslo's ElectriCity program. Fortum Recharge will support the installation and electrification efforts.

The Jaguar I-PACE, the brand's first all-electric vehicle, has been designed to enable Momentum Dynamics' wireless charging technology.

According to research, both electric taxi and driver efficiency can be maximized when charging does not require taxis to leave their route. In order to make wireless charging work, wireless charging plates, rated at 50-75 kilowatts each, are installed in the ground in series at pick-up-drop-off points.

Jaguar I-PACE The induction charging system works similarly to an induction stovetop.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

This allows each equipped taxi to charge while queuing for the next fare. The system, which uses no cables and situated below ground, requires no physical connection between charger and vehicle, engages automatically and provides on average 6-8 minutes of energy per each charge up to 50kW.

Each taxi can receive multiple charges throughout their shift.

When the chargers are installed, Oslo will be the world's first metropolitan area to install wireless, induction-based high-powered charging stations for electric taxis, in a bid to make its cab system emission free as early as 2024.

Per capita, Norway has more electric car owners and drivers than any other country in the world. The country has highly incentivized and regulated the adoption of the vehicles. Norway is mandating that all new cars sold in the country by 2025 are zero emission vehicles.

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New electric luxury vehicles

Three new Mercedes-Benz EVs we can't wait to see

Mercedes showed off its electric future at the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Germany.

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Mercedes-Benz is going electric, and though it only recently announced its firm plans to do so, it already seems that the German automaker is moving quickly toward that goal. At the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich, Mercedes showed off some of its upcoming electrified products. We've seen the EQS, a flagship electric sedan, but three newcomers made an appearance at the show.


Mercedes-Benz EQB EQB will be Mercedes' electric family SUV.Mercedes-Benz


EQB

EQB is the brand's family-sized SUV, offering seating for up to seven people. A long wheelbase of 111.3 inches and adjustable second-row seating allows more interior space for people and gear. Mercedes says the EQB will offer two powertrain configurations: The EQB 300 4MATIC will get 225 horsepower and the EQB 350 4MATIC will sport 288 horsepower. A front-wheel drive configuration will go on sale later and a long-range model will follow.


Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG The EQG will eventually become the brand's electric off-roader.Mercedes-Benz


EQG

Concept EQG is a preview of the eventual electrification of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, its boxy, upper-crust off-roader. This concept is far closer to a design exercise than something we'll actually see in production, but it's an interesting demonstration, nonetheless. With 22-inch wheels, wild exterior lighting touches, and what the automaker says will be legendary off-road abilities, the EQG will be an exciting vehicle when it does make an appearance.


Mercedes-Benz EQE EQE will follow the EQS as a smaller, sportier electric sedan in 2022.Mercedes-Benz


EQE

EQE is the second car to use Mercedes' EVA2 electric architecture, following the EQS sedan. The car is currently scheduled for a staggered release in mid-2022 and will feature a more compact and sportier design than its predecessor. Mercedes says that the car will be available with either 19- or 21-inch wheels, and notes that its size is comparable to the current CLS coupe-sedan. The car offers an impressive range of up to 410 miles on a single charge from its 90kWh battery and special charging capabilities through the Mercedes me Charge network.

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The Roadster's specs are impressive, to say the least.

Tesla

Elon Musk took to a stage in late 2017 to announce a new product, the second-generation Tesla Roadster, and the numbers were impressive, even for a guy known to casually drop massive bombshells in 160 characters or less on Twitter. He pledged a 620-mile range and a 0-60 mph time in 1.9 seconds for the car – impressive specs, to be sure. When Musk unveiled the car, production was scheduled to commence some time in 2020, but as we all now know, last year wasn't a banner year for car manufacturing. In January, he pushed that date back to 2022, but the timeline has slipped again - into 2023 at this point - and that's only if everything goes smoothly between now and then.


Tesla Roadster Supply chain issues have caused delays in the Roadster's release.Tesla


Responding to a tweet on Wednesday, Musk stated that "assuming 2022 is not mega drama, new Roadster should ship in 2023." That's a pretty big asterisk, given how things have been going over the last 18 months. It's not surprising, though, and Musk acknowledges what we've known for some time now: The global supply chain is a mess, thanks to microchip shortages and pandemic-related closures and delays. "2021 has been the year of super crazy supply chain shortages," he said, admitting that "it wouldn't matter if we had 17 new products, as none would ship." Again, it's not surprising, but it is most likely frustrating for reservation holders, who've plopped down anywhere from $50,000 to $250,000 to hold an order for the Roadster.




Tesla is far from being the only automaker to experience delays, but even if we assume that the rest of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 go smoothly, there's still a lot that can happen. All of Tesla's suppliers would have to get their ducks in a row and there can be no COVID-related production delays. That would also peg 2022 as one of the automaker's flagship years for product releases, with both the Semi and Cybertruck on the schedule. It's possible, but far from guaranteed, that all of those pieces fall into place, making Tesla's 2022 a banner year. As for the Roadster, 2023 could be the year that we're all blown away by its range and acceleration, but recent history suggests that anything can happen at any time, so we won't be holding our breath.

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