FABRIC Workshop on deployment scenarios for dynamic charging of electric vehicles

Qi Europe coordinated in cooperation with ERTICO (Intelligent Transport Systems Europe) and ICCS last 19th of June, a workshop, under the frame of the FABRIC project, gathering 25 experts from key international companies to discuss the roadmap for the introduction of the dynamic charging technology in the next decades; a complex process with lot of variables difficult to quantify, but some consensus was reached.

The Workshop focused on Deployment Scenarios for Dynamic Charging of Electric Vehicles was held in conjunction with the 12th Intelligent Transport Systems European Congress at the city of Strasbourg, and gave attendants the chance to thoroughly discuss the market opportunities for dynamic charging, the initial business models, identify related market niches and thus actively contribute to the final outcomes of the project. The feasibility analysis conducted by FABRIC considers all technical, economic, safety and health impacts on the way to the market for this challenging technology, hence the Workshop discussed all these aspects.

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As FABRIC is currently entering its assessment phase, the basic aim of this workshop was to improve and validate the different deployment scenarios for the most promising on-road EV charging (dynamic charging) solutions as defined by the FABRIC partnership during its three and a half years of leading research. The dynamic charging solutions analysed by FABRIC are mainly focusing on wireless inductive charging, but conductive charging is also considered. The different scenarios covered, include inter-urban motorways, but also urban and peri-urban traffic consisting of light vehicles, heavy duty trucks and buses.

The main scientific and technological objective of FABRIC is to conduct feasibility analysis of on-road charging technologies for long term electric vehicle range extension. Key wireless charging technologies, trends and relevant R&D activities in the automotive sector will be considered, assessing the present and future opportunities for wireless charging, considering the needs of EV makers and end users. The FABRIC consortium is composed by 25 partners.

FABRIC is expected to pave the way for the future E-mobility. By addressing importance challenges related to charging and ICT solutions for electric vehicles, FABRIC will both increase the market share for EVs and contribute in meeting the environmental demands on future mobility. To achieve the foreseen impact within FABRIC brings together: relevant stakeholders, that are needed to measure the feasibility of the different EV charging solutions and industrial partners, that have the capability to take immediate action for future industrialization of the most promising solutions.

Qi Europe is one of the most experienced groups in analysing the potential impact of technology, the cornerstone around which the R&D&I programmes of the European Commission revolve today. Qi Europe has a senior team of engineers, economists, lawyers and sociologists of international prestige in terms of impact in bringing technology to the market, through comprehensive advisory services to third parties. Qi Europe prepares full or partial proposals, participates as a partner in executing technical work (business models for emerging technologies, impact analysis, life cycle analysis, business plans, etc.), and performs administrative coordination, project management, pre- and post audits, and justification of expenses.