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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
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Coordinator

fka Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen

Address

Steinbachstrasse 7
52074 Aachen

Germany

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 225 633

Administrative Contact

Axel Barkow (Mr.)

Participants (16)

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ENIDE SOLUTIONS .S.L

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 283 594

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 313 554,15

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 170 060

VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 86 716,46

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 184 520

HELLA GMBH & CO KGAA

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 202 107

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 76 860

IDIADA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 56 190

TRL LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 64 385

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 63 130

ENDESA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 86 172

E-DISTRIBUZIONE SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 61 320

FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 183 705,90

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 48 835

TRANSPORT FOR LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 80 580

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 67 488

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314126

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    31 March 2015

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 576 692,25

  • EU contribution

    € 2 254 850,51

Coordinated by:

fka Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen

Germany