Transport Evolved Thought of the Day: Wireless Charging

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Today, we’re asking if wireless charging is an essential part of the electric car of the future, or if it’s just a distraction from more important matters — like getting people off fossil fuels?

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  • CDspeed

    I definitely don’t like that the wireless charger heats up your garage, I finally get rid of the heat off my old ICE powered car only to bring it back for an inefficient convenience. At home take the extra 30 seconds, and use the plug, but public charging could be a different story. I’ve seen many public chargers fall into disrepair, worn connectors, and broken clips appeared surprisingly quick. But if you charged at a public charger that didn’t have physical connection, you wouldn’t have worn out connectors, and the heat would dissipate in an open air space. Maybe it’s the future of public level 2 charging?

    • Joe Viocoe

      The problem would be cost. Really, 7.2 KW is needed at a minimum for public charging. Would be fine if all the cost was on the infrastructure side… but would anyone want to pay for a 7.2 KW wireless power receiver just for the public charging?

      I think the money would be better spent by the Charging Station companies to increase maintenance… rather than spend it on expensive wireless systems (which require more construction labor costs too).

      • CDspeed

        I realize it’s not perfect, but I’m shocked at how quick charge connectors wear out, and sit in a poor state for extended periods.

        • Joe Viocoe

          Better design perhaps.
          I like how Supercharger stations are designed to keep the cable off the floor without spring loaded retracting system.

  • George McGregor Wilson

    A droge type charging system more efficient than wireless would be a better suggestion and a wireless digital handshake to initialise and implement the connection, appropriate plug and charge rate for the vehicle.
    Would require a standardisation of socket/plug or a cassette plug system.
    Micro Drone to position charger plugs and solanoid activation for vehicle socket covers system implement.

  • Albemarle

    As EV cars develop longer range, I see charging not being necessary every day. In that case the normal charger cable looks like a good idea. Wireless would be fine if you wanted it, but not really a reason for someone to come over from the dark side. People haven’t given up on ICE because they now have to pump their own gas.

  • Brock Nanson

    Efficiency is the concern. Too much is made of the whole “we’ll run out of electricity if everyone drives an EV” argument. Of course it’s nonsense, but wireless charging is so far quite inefficient and will only add to that silly position. The losses would be incurred only out of laziness and convenience, and they do come at a price. Perhaps the technology will attract a few folks sitting on the fence about an EV purchase, but really… if you’re too lazy to plug in the car, how do you manage to fill your ICE at the gas station? Oh yeah… the ‘full service’ side of the pumps…

  • MMercury

    For home use I can see a wireless charger swaying some people with specific parking issues, besides just worrying about forgetting to plug in. Any situation where you’re rolling out a long cord around or over your car, around crap in the garage, to an outside parking spot (perhaps in the rain or the dark) and rolling up a wet or dirty cable again would give someone pause if they were on the fence about full BEV. For public charging the only advantage is if there the infrastructure costs where low enough to allow for a lot more units. I can’t decide if there would be more ICEing or not with wireless charging. Of course this would require standardization.

  • Michael Walsh

    I think your garage could have been swept and cleaned up before shooting a public video… how embarrassing!

  • David Manos

    In about 1959, I envisioned an all electric vehicle with the power source in the roadbed of major highways. While the vehicle is on the major thoroughfare, the speed/spacing would be automatic with audio/visual warnings that you are nearing your programmed exit, so you could sleep, play games,, etc. The onboard batteries for motivation off the main grid would be charging from the inductive source and payment for power usage per a meter.