Renault to trial wireless electric charging in UK

Renault plans to install technology into its vehicles that will enable them to charge wirelessly instead of the standard cable charging used to power electric cars today.

The technology could see the end of cables causing a tripping hazard to pedestrians between the charger and the car itself, says Renault.

The trial, if successful, could lead to Renault’s new electric car range using the technology in future instead of cable chargers.

Renault currently sells three electric vehicles in the UK. These include the Renault Twizy, a two-seat, door-less electric car that holds the title of the cheapest electric car in the UK at just £8,000.

The Renault Fluence, a four-door saloon and the Renault Kangoo ZE van are the other two electric vehicles available to buy or lease now.

Renault also plans to introduce the Renault Clio-size Zoe supermini to the market later in 2013. The Renault Zoe will be an affordable electric hatchback priced from around £14,000.

Capable of seating four, the Renault Zoe will come with new technology including Renault’s R-Link iPad-style tablet set to appear in the 2013 Renault Clio.

It will also boast extras such as an air humidifier and calming oils piped through the air conditioning system to relax the driver.

The wireless electric vehicle charging trial will take place in London, where it will be used by a selection of EV vehicles with the support of government departments and private sector businesses.

Renault’s electric cars and van are available from specialist Renault electric car dealerships. You can contact Perrys Renault for more information or to book a test drive.