Where are the wireless chargers? We were 'promised' wireless charging when the EV industry came back to life ten
years ago. I saw a working prototype at CES at that time, and thought "oh wow, that will make EV adoption much, much easier. It was a simple molded plastic "block" looking thing that rose up from the parking lot surface about 4" high and 2' square. Centered in the front half of the parking spot, the tires simply straddle it while pulling in, and any vehicle at all would clear it. Vandalism proof, auto-sensing and inductance charging of EV's, and an ICE car could park there as well (if they wanted to be a jerk about it). Cheaper to make and maintain than the chargers today with their expensive enclosure, display, cable, and plug, all very suceptible to vandalism. Nothing to do but drive in, see the charge network info show up on your dash, and agree to the terms/price, etc. Nothing to plug or unplug, get dirty, or endure bad weather. Home versions are easy to make with a cable that goes over to your garage wall. And, they are simultaineously compatible with the current plug-in systems, as well. So,...where are they? Why can't the industry agree on a standard for these and make this happen?? Has anyone heard about any headway on this clearly advantageous enhancement to the world's imminent form of tranportation?
Open Aug 25, 2014 - 09:54 AM
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