The demonstration of inductive charging technology for electric vehicle will be conducted in Douai (France) where inductive modules will be implemented in strategic locations in order to charge the car on-route. The project aims at demonstrating the interest of such a solution and how the induction charging system could be implemented at a large scale. The development of the electrical network will be carried out in different steps.
The first module will be integrated at the beginning of the on-route charging line, at the cross road or the red traffic light, and connected to the charging station comprising all the electronics and to the grid. According to the needs and the model described earlier, a given number of modules are integrated behind this first module, easily fixed to the ground.
As the electric vehicle fleet grows denser, and the on-route infrastructure becomes limited for the use that is made of it, more modules can be very easily implemented.
The modular system allows the city to adapt in a timely way to the electric vehicle density. The grid is also able to be gradually reinforced to allow for more and more cars to be charged on the roads.
Such an approach for the on-route charging infrastructure can greatly help cities and local authorities to deal with the investment problem linked with the integration of heavy cost infrastructures. The investment and the construction work can be distributed along the years and avoid huge one-shot investments. The modular approach allows to implement easier stationary and on-route charging solutions and also decreases the overall cost of the infrastructure, because it relies on mass-production of a single element.