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Wireless charging for Electic Vehicles

Objective

UNPLUGGED project aims to investigate how the use of inductive charging of Electric Vehicles (EV) in urban environments improves the convenience and sustainability of car-based mobility. In particular, it will be investigated how smart inductive charging infrastructure can facilitate full EV integration in the urban road systems while improving customer acceptance and perceived practicality. UNPLUGGED will achieve these goals by examining in detail the technical feasibility, practical issues, interoperability, user perception and socio-economic impacts of inductive charging. As one special variant, inductive en-route charging will be investigated thoroughly.
As part of the project, two smart inductive charging systems will be built, taking into consideration requirements from OEMs, energy utilities and end users. The systems will be innovative and will go beyond the current state of the art in terms of high power transfer, allowing for smart communication between the vehicle and the grid, as well as being in line with the latest inductive charging standards and considering interoperability. These innovative inductive charging systems designed and built as part of the project will then be tested and assessed in order to understand their potential impacts on urban mobility and the acceptance of e-mobility. Application in an en-route charging scenario in particular will be examined for different vehicle types, ranging from cars to buses.
It is anticipated that UNPLUGGED will provide clear evidence on and demonstrate whether the use of smart inductive charging infrastructure can overcome some of the perceived barriers for e-mobility, such as range and size of on-board energy storage, and practical difficulties associated with installing traditional charging post infrastructure.
UNPLUGGED will also include a feasibility study and economic model for dynamic en-route inductive charging. This technology is currently less mature than static en-route charging, however, it ha

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/electric vehicles

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2012-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FKA GMBH
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Steinbachstrasse 7
52074 Aachen
Germany
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 225 633
Administrative Contact
Axel Barkow (Mr.)

Participants (16)

ENIDE SOLUTIONS .S.L
Spain
EU contribution
€ 283 594
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Calle La Font, 27, 2Nd Floor
08740 Sant Andreu De La Barca
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stafano Persi (Mr.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 313 554,15
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Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Onida (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 170 060
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monica Carfagni (Prof.)
VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 86 716,46
Address
Gotaverksgatan 10
405 08 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roy Johansson (Mr.)
CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 184 520
Address
Vahrenwalder Strasse 9
30165 Hannover
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jens Fiedler (Mr.)
HELLA GMBH & CO KGAA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 202 107
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Rixbecker Strasse 75
59557 Lippstadt
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Büker (Dr.)
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 76 860
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Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Vereeken (Mrs.)
IDIADA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 56 190
Address
L Albornar
43710 Santa Oliva
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrés Aparicio (Mr.)
TRL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 64 385
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Crowthorne House Nine Mile Ride
RG40 3GA Wokingham
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Denis Naberezhnykh (Mr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 63 130
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Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
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Research Organisations
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Olivier Hatem (Mr.)
ENDESA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 86 172
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Calle Ribera Del Loira 60
28042 Madrid
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Santiago Cascante (Mr.)
E-DISTRIBUZIONE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 61 320
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Via Ombrone 2
00198 Roma
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Federico Caleno (Mr.)
FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 183 705,90
Address
Parque Empresarial Dinamiza, Avda. De Ranillas, 3D
50018 Zaragoza
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Enrique Morgades (Mr.)
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 48 835
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Erminia Quacquarelli (Mrs.)
TRANSPORT FOR LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 80 580
Address
Victoria St 42-50 Windsor House
SW1H 0TL London
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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mark Poulton (Mr.)
BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 67 488
Address
Warwick House Farnborough Aerospace Centre
GU14 6YU Farnborough
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Helen Eldridge (Mrs.)