Electreon, an Israeli firm specializing in inductive charging systems for electric vehicles, has revealed plans for a two-year project in Sweden, commencing in spring 2024. This venture will mark a departure from Electreon's usual focus on dynamic, inductive charging for moving vehicles, as the project involves testing wireless charging for a converted electric truck.
The chosen vehicle for this project is an Iveco Daily, set to undergo electric conversion by Swedish specialists REARQ, with Electreon providing the inductive charging technology. Charging will take place at loading ramps and during nights at the Stockholm depot. BDX Företagen, the transport company partnering with Electreon, handles goods transportation for distribution company Ahlsell Sverige.
While detailed information is provided, technical specifications for the converted Iveco Daily's drive remain undisclosed, including the charging capacity of Electreon's inductive system.
An interesting aspect of the project is its potential impact on redefining battery concepts for electric vehicles. The retrofitted electric light truck is expected to complete a full day's schedule with a 35 kWh battery, even in low winter temperatures around Stockholm. The operational model involves morning deliveries covering approximately 50 kilometers, followed by a return to the distribution center for recharging before resuming afternoon operations.
The charging process is designed to initiate automatically as the vehicle is positioned at the loading ramp, aiming to streamline operational efficiency. Maher Kasskawo, Business Development Manager for Electreon in the Nordics, sees this project as an introduction of Electreon's technology to a new market segment, emphasizing its potential to enhance vehicle operational efficiency and create a cable-free environment for drivers and the workforce at distribution centers.