Dubai tests dynamic charging of electric trucks
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the test-run of the dynamic wireless charging of electric vehicles and buses in motion using the Shaped Magnetic Field In Resonance (SMFIR) technology in Dubai Silicon Oasis.
“This project is one of RTA’s initiatives to promote the use of environmentally-friendly vehicles and sustainable transport means. It complements Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, Dubai Plan 2021, and the UAE Vision 2021,” said Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of RTA.
“RTA is undertaking this project, which is part of Dubai Future Accelerators, in collaboration with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Dubai Silicon Oasis. The initial phase covers preparing the infrastructure and laying an embedded power-charging grid underneath a 60-metre road strip at the Dubai Silicon Oasis for the dynamic wireless charging of electric vehicles and buses in motion,” he revealed.
“RTA has tested an electric vehicle and a bus on this path, and results proved a highly efficient wireless charging system comparable with the cable charging. Moreover, the electromagnetic level on board was within the accepted global range.
“The successful operation of electric vehicles using this technology and their deployment in RTA’s public transport fleet hinges largely on the availability and reliability of the charging technology. It enables seamless operation of the vehicle without any stopping at charging stations. Embedded under the road, the technology is invisible and as such has no visual pollution impact on the city. Also, it does not hamper the movement of people and vehicles like on-road cable chargers,” added Al Tayer.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa noted that Dewa has installed over 240 charging stations for electric vehicles across Dubai, with plans to increase the number to 300 by the end of 2020. DEWA has extended the free charging period for electric vehicle until the end of 2021.The incentive applies to non-commercial users who register for the EV Green Charger initiative and is exclusive to DEWA’s public charging stations.
Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni, vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority said: “Our cooperation with RTA and Dewa on the wireless charging project for electric vehicles and buses with MRI technology, marks a major milestone in the shift towards a future of technological innovation, in a bid to offer Dubai’s residents the most advanced smart services as part of the emirate’s strategy to be the best place to live.”
RTA has recently endorsed an initiative, the first of its kind worldwide, for converting 90 per cent of Dubai limos into environmentally-friendly (hybrid-electric) vehicles by 2026. RTA has also made significant progress in converting 50 per cent of Dubai Taxis into hybrid vehicles by 2021. It has also launched the trial run of the first electric taxi powered by hydrogen fuel cells as part of the Dubai Taxi fleet. –TradeArabia News Service