Just announced: Wireless Charging Stations For Electric Cars

You’ll be able to pull straight into your driveway, get out of the car, and walk straight into your house. Your car will start charging just by being parked in the right spot. There will be no need to plug it in.

WiTricity, Mitsibushi, and IHI are all teaming up to make this happen.

Details from the press release on how well it will work:

“The system that WiTricity has developed can transfer energy further and more efficiently in comparison to conventional systems such as electromagnetic induction and microwave transmission, pushing the possibilities of wireless charging by being able to deliver up to 3.3 kW of charging power over distance of 20cm (almost 8 inches) at an efficiency rate of more than 90%, in manner that is safe and very user friendly. Systems based on WiTricity technology offer smaller size and lighter weight as compared to conventional systems, and operate with no moving parts.”

The companies hope that, by making it easier to charge electric vehicles, more people will likely to buy them.

WiTricity CEO Eric Giler had this to say about the new collaboration: “Electric vehicles offer great potential for reducing CO2 emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. However, they must be user friendly, and wireless charging is an important feature that greatly improves the user experience.  We are excited to work with industry leaders MMC and IHI on this important program.”

IHI will also be the supplier for other WiTricity products. We can’t wait to see what those are. Will we ever see WiTricity built into our smartphones?

WiTricity started over two years ago as a project at MIT. Want to get more details about how Wireless Electricity works? Read up on it here.

(Press release)

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