Electric car contactless charging

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3271
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Has TfL made an assessment of contactless charging points, which may help expand the use, range and availability of electric cars in London?

Answer

Answer for Electric car contactless charging

Answer for Electric car contactless charging

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) is in touch with industries developing electric vehicle (EV) wireless-charging solutions. TfL was involved in UNPLUGGED, a European funded project which researched how EVs could benefit from wireless charging. This project concluded in 2015, and set out the technical and market developments needed for wide-scale adoption.

Three wireless-charged hybrid electric double decker buses are currently operating on route 69 between Canning Town and Walthamstow bus stations as part of the European-funded Zero Emission Urban Bus System project. Charging of these buses during short rest periods at each bus station helps maximise zero-emission operation over the route.

Major car manufacturers will start offering wireless-charging options for the next generation of EVs, due before 2020. TfL is open to collaborating with industry to trial new innovative technology such as wireless charging at low speeds, which may be suitable for charging zero-emission capable taxis moving slowly at busy ranks.