Wireless charging is here. Well, almost.
Give it a few more years and you’ll be charging your electric vehicle, without having to plug it in at all. Imagine pulling into your driveway or office parking space and your EV begins to charge with zero effort on your part. Imagine a future when this technology could actually be embedded into our roads, enabling you to charge while on the go. (Okay, that’s pretty far off but it sure sounds nice.)
Prototypes of wireless charging technology are already in use. The BMW i8 safety car in the Formula E racing series (electric vehicle racing) charges by utilizing wireless technology developed right here in San Diego by Qualcomm Technologies Inc.
Also expect to see wireless charging deployed with the Mercedes S500e plug-in hybrid next year and soon after, municipal busses and pretty much every single car manufacturer will adopt the technology.
Why is it good?
Wireless charging is all about convenience. In fact, it could become as common as local Wi-Fi networks. Proponents of wireless charging believe that this could be the catalyst for a dramatic increase in EV sales. No longer would charging and finding a charging station be a factor.
Why is it bad?
Initially, as is the case with many brand new technologies, wireless car charging will be expensive. Cars will cost more, as well as the charging infrastructure. But as more and more manufacturers get on board, prices will go down. And we can expect many more EVs on the road – and that is pretty much the point.