Malvern-based Momentum Dynamics is part of a new program that aims to bring electric Jaguar taxis to the streets of Oslo, Norway’s capital, early next year, writes Jamie Lincoln Kitman for The New York Times.
When idling between rides, the taxis will be able to recharge at special taxi lines.
The program, the world’s first of its kind, is a collaboration among Momentum Dynamics, a British carmaker, and a Nordic charge-point company.
Momentum Dynamics – which is led by chief executive Andrew Daga, a former NASA architect who grew up in a public housing project in Brooklyn – will supply components to power 25 electric Jaguar taxis. The inductive charge pads and their associated equipment provided by the Malvern company will be installed under the road surface at selected taxi queues, enabling fast and hands-off charging for the vehicles.
Currently, 15 minutes spent charging adds 50 miles to the taxi’s range. With short breaks between rides, cars will rarely be fully charged but should always be charged enough.
“That’s the big idea,” said Daga. “You don’t need to fill a battery to 100 percent or even 80 percent. You just need to add another 20 percent from wherever you start, and you just frequently recharge.”
Read more about Momentum Dynamics in The New York Times here.
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