In Spain it will be possible to charge electric vehicles in movement without cables. Endesa, 4 other companies and 3 research organisations have implemented the Victoria Project to create the first dynamic induction charge lane in the country. The pilot test, which is scheduled to commence in December, will last for 21 months and has a budget of 3.7 million euros.
The city chosen for this project is Málaga and the service selected for the tests is the city bus line, for the purpose of doubling its autonomy without modifying driving times. The new technology will allow electric buses to charge their batteries in movement thanks to mechanisms installed along the urban bus line, thus increasing the profitability and efficiency of the vehicles. The use of this new charge system will also bring reductions in the volume and weight of the batteries, and consequently, a decrease in their cost.
To implement the project, an electric urban bus will be modified completely and fitted with a triple mode charge system which consists of charging the bus overnight in the garage using a conventional charge system, partial charges in a static inductive charge station and partial charges in a dynamic inductive charge lane. This new triple charge system will be the first of its kind in the world and will be completed by December 2014.[:]