Power Parking - Wireless EV Charging
You will be charged if you park here in your electric car... but not in the way you might expect. Say hello to wireless EV charging
Transmit electricity straight into your battery
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are getting ever more popular and with the release of cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Tesla model S, it's not hard to see why. The only issue the average Joe has with these electric vehicles is charging them and having enough charge in them to complete the daily commute without having the AA tow them for the the last 5 miles.
Wireless EV Charger parking spaces could be the assurance needed to convince average Joe that he won't need to worry about running out of Juice. The simple yet effective idea would see small charging systems set in the middle of designated parking spaces that will transmit the electricity straight into your battery.
Now becoming efficient enough to consider
The technology isn't brand new but it's now becoming efficient enough to consider as a genuine option for the future. There have been ideas coined such as using these wireless charging pads with commercial EV lorries so as to reduce on emission. Supermarkets and docks could have loading bays fitted with these charging pads so as to reduce on fuel time, idling emissions and carbon emissions at large. It's certainly viable.
German automaker Audi have even developed their own wireless charging technology and Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s technical chief, says it's nearly ready for production. The system will be an option on the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro. Check out the video below for a sneak peak. ( Skip to 1:00 for the charging kit )
“It’s important that we remain on the cutting edge of technology"
Audi are not the only manufacturer to start development in this area. Fellow German giant Mercedes-Benz have confirmed they have teamed up with Qualcomm to bring this idea to life for the Mercedes range too which can only mean other manufacturers will be forced to catch up and compete.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development commented “It’s important that we remain on the cutting edge of technology and continue to deliver unparalleled experiences to our customers... With this in mind, we are eager to jointly explore possible fields of future cooperation with an internationally leading tech firm like Qualcomm.”
With so many companies and manufacturers getting involved, it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume that there will be wireless charging parking spaces in a car park near you by 2020. There are already prototype electric buses that use it. Would you consider switching to an EV if this technology becomes commonplace? Let us know your thoughts below.