Trials have begun for the new electric-powered transport.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has just launched the test-run of a new wireless charging method made for electric vehicles and buses. This method is called dynamic wireless charging that uses Shaped Magnetic Field In Resonance (SMFIR) to juice up the vehicles.
With test-runs already taking place at Dubai Silicon Oasis, the ultimate aim is to replace current public transport vehicles with sustainable alternatives. “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 His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.
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 technology. pic.twitter.com/imJbwHXoJc
— RTA (@rta_dubai) February 12, 2020
Al Tayer also said that the first phase of the project includes preparation of the infrastructure where they will embed a power-charging grid on a 60-meter road strip. “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,” Al Tayer said.
The RTA’s vision for sustainable transport has always been a priority evident by the different initiatives it has been doing in the past years. At the moment, DEWA has already installed more than 240 charging stations for electric vehicles in Dubai alone, with plans to increase it to 300 by the end of this year.