UK Power Networks leads wireless charging trial

Across the Irish Sea, UK Power Networks is leading a new pilot scheme aimed at demonstrating the commercial viability of wireless EV chargers.

UKPN is working with delivery company UPS, along with High Speed 1 and the Warwick Manufacturing Group, on the project that will see wireless charging technology deployed in three live locations in London and Tamworth.

The project is funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK and will run for the first three months of this year.

UPS delivery vans will be charged at the company’s depot in Tamworth while they are being loaded with parcels, while electric taxis will receive charge wirelessly when waiting for passengers outside St Pancras International railway station in central London.

UK Power Networks’ fleet of electric vans will also take part in the trial.

UK Power Networks Services’ director, Ian Smyth, is excited by what the study could mean for the growth of electric vehicles. He said: “Wireless charging has the potential to deliver lower cost electric vehicle fleets, safer unobtrusive infrastructure and provides an important solution where constraints on physical space mean wired charging is not practical”.