26.7.2021Wireless charging trials in Leeds, Nottingham and Warwick
British technology company Sprint Power is leading a multi-million-pound UK government-backed project that aims to demonstrate the suitability of wireless charging technology for fleet vehicles.
Sprint Power specialises in low carbon tech, including electrified propulsion systems, power electronics and battery systems. The company has developed a series of advanced wireless charging modules ahead of the trial beginning on the streets of Leeds, Nottingham and Warwick next month.
Sprint Power has developed an electrical distribution system, a power distribution module, and a high voltage harness assembly that will enable a fleet of vehicles to charge wirelessly via pads attached to the ground. The design will automatically recognise which power source to draw current from, with each vehicle featuring both wireless and plug-in charging capability. A display screen inside the cabin of each vehicle will indicate to the user the status of each charge.
Funding for the wireless charging project has been awarded by Innovate UK, a non-departmental public body funded by the UK government and designed to drive research and development into new technologies. In addition to Sprint Power, the consortium includes the University of Warwick, the University of Nottingham, Loughborough University, Leeds City Council and MyEVS.
“As we move steadily towards the UK’s ban on pure ICE vehicles in 2030, more commercial operations will be switching their fleets to electric vehicles,” said Founder and CEO of Sprint Power, Richie Frost.
“We are delighted to be part of this pioneering trial that aims to make this transition easier through the development and implementation of wireless charging. I strongly believe these solutions will be key to this country’s shift towards sustainable mobility.”
Project AMiCC (AMiCable Charging) will trial eight modified Nissan Leaf and Nissan ENV200 models to evaluate the benefits of using wireless charging systems for security, estate and pool car fleets. Many of these fleets have low downtime and high utilisation, where drivers have just a short window to recharge the vehicle battery. With a wired connection, this relies on the user having to plug and unplug the vehicle many times a day. This is seen as one of the biggest barriers to transitioning these types of fleets to electric mobility.