The European Union has set the overall goals of reducing the number of urban vehicles functioning with conventional petrol by 50 % before 2030, and excluding totally such vehicles from cities by 2050. However, the driving range autonomy as well as the charging time are the major factors impeding the mass roll out of electric vehicles (EV) in the market sales. Fast charging infrastructures are the most promising solution towards this direction since they enable a complete EV battery charging in very short time period offering maximum travel distance for the next trip. Inductive charging technology is a particular fast charging alternative that enables high power exchange between the grid and the EV battery in a contactless way.
From the end users perspective, the fast inductive charging technologies can considerably reduce their e-mobility concerns. However, the integration of fast inductive chargers into power systems raises new grid operational challenges to the system operators. The fast inductive charging technologies require the exchange of high power quantities (>30kW) with the electrical grid resulting in a significant network load profile modification. Existing distribution grids and power system architectures still follow planning rules and procedures defined for the traditional operational paradigm. Traditionally electricity grids were built to carry power from few central power productions plants to a large number of small or medium end-users. Thus, the additional charging demand of fast inductive infrastructures under a mass deployment scenario may raise issues in terms of grid management.
The FastInCharge project aims to foster the democratization of electric vehicles in the urban environment by developing an easier and more comfortable charging solution which will enable to ease the EV use by the large public and facilitate their implementation in the urban grid. FastInCharge’s intention is to develop a cost-effective modular infrastructure offering a global solution for EV charging. Its success will boost research in the direction of dynamic charging solutions. Moreover, FastInCharge project attempts to identify and prepare solutions for the operational issues that may be caused to the electric grids as a result of progressively increasing deployment of inductive charging infrastructures.
FastInCharge will last 36 months and be lead by a consortium of 9 partners (France, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria,Italia and Slovakia): 1 SME specialised in charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (DBT), 1 industrial group of automotive engineering (BATZ), 3 research organisations, specialists of contactless power, automotive engineering and energy management systems (Tecnalia, TU Gabrovo, NTU Athens), 1 end-user (Douai), 1 cluster (ACWS) , 1 SME in innovation management (EQY) and 1 OEM (CRF).