ElectReon to install wireless charging road in Tel Aviv
In Israel, ElectReon, a company specializing in induction charging for electric vehicles, has signed a 5-year contract with the Dan Bus Company. The contract provides for an extension of the wireless charging network for public electric bus lines in Tel Aviv and the wider region.
The establishment of the network will allow the induction charging of 200 electric buses in the existing bus stations. In the first phase of the project, 100 buses will initially be prepared for induction charging at the Reading transport terminal north of Tel Aviv. In the second phase, the charging infrastructure will be extended to other major terminals in Tel Aviv and southern Israel, as well as 100 more electric buses. ElectReon estimates the total cost of the project at $ 9.4 million (approximately € 8.1 million).
Induction charging will be used to charge buses between trips and while passengers are getting on and off. It is therefore a static charging process. ElectReon is also known to experience dynamic loading while driving.
The Dan Bus company is expected to benefit from ElectReon’s charging technology in several ways: first, it could reduce the capacity needed to connect to the power grid at bus stations, and second, it could reduce capacity, size and cost. weight of vehicle batteries, according to an accompanying release. Under the contract, ElectReon will take care of the installation and full charging service, including maintenance, and Dan Bus will pay a monthly fee in return. In addition, the partners intend to explore the possibility of transferring the wireless charging system to the rest of Dan Bus’s electric vehicle fleet and to the “Netivei Ayalon” highway project.
“Not only will this be ElectReon’s first large-scale commercial project, but it will also be a world-class showcase for wireless electric vehicle charging for fleet vehicles,” said Oren Ezer, CEO of ElectReon. This will demonstrate the improved efficiency and cost savings that electric bus fleet operators can expect by implementing wireless charging infrastructure, he said.
“We have tested ElectReon’s technology and it has proven to be suitable for charging at operational terminals as part of our day-to-day operations and workflows,” added Ofir Karni, CEO of Dan Bus Company. The new technology allows for greater ranges and longer run times, while cushioning peak power consumption loads from overnight charging in depots.
The 5-year agreement extends a collaboration between ElectReon and Dan Bus Company that began in September 2019. At that time, the partners launched a pilot project in which Dan Bus buses were wirelessly recharged while traveling on a good stretch of 600 meters. drive to Tel Aviv. The route is located on a total of two kilometers of bus line that leads from Tel Aviv University bus station to Klatzkin Street in Ramat Aviv. The project is completed by stationary induction charging at the bus station at the start of the route.
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