Wireless vehicle charging is one of the many cutting-edge technologies that is being fiercely developed and it could be a game changer for the electric car industry. It’s estimated that by 2040 up to 50% of new car sales will be electric vehicles. Consequently, the demand for revolutionary technologies like wireless electric vehicle charging will grow.
What is wireless electric vehicle charging?
The technology is based on inductive charging, which involves electricity being transferred via an air gap between two magnetic coils. It’s similar to how wireless phone chargers work, but here the scale is significantly larger.
Therefore, the car has to be in proximity to the charging coil and the energy transfer process can begin. The technology is still being developed because the efficiency of the energy transfer and distance between magnetic coils needs to be increased.Potential use cases are that the charging coils can be located in strategic parking spots or even on the roads to allow for charging while the vehicle is moving. This could reduce the need for charging stations, which is the primary way we currently charge our electric vehicles.