Wireless Charging May Soon be Available for Electric Cars
Wireless charging technology may soon make refueling electric cars effortless
Electric cars may soon be more convenient to charge, thanks to wireless charging technology developed by HalolPT, a company backed by the engineering firm Arup. This week, HalolPT demonstrated electric cars in London that have been modified so that they can charge via inductive charging. A receiving pad is attached to the bottom of the car, and the car recharges by parking over a transmitter pad, which can be hidden under the road. This system eliminates the need to ever plug in an electric car. See the video below to see how it works.
Wireless charging could revolutionize the way electric cars are refueled. Rather than remembering to plug in their electric cars every night, owners could just park the car on their own charging pad and forget about it. The car would charge automatically. HalolPT CEO Anthony Thompson also says that wireless charging roads might be possible, where electric cars could be recharged simply by driving over transmitter pads embedded in the road.
The main obstacle preventing Thompson's vision from becoming a reality is cost. HalolPT sees England as the best place to market its wireless charging system, but getting charging roads to most of England's citizens would cost £60 billion ($97 billion)! Retrofitting a single existing electric car with wireless technology costs £3,000-£3,500 ($4850-$5650) . HalolPT is hoping to convince manufacturers of electric cars to include its wireless charging system in new cars, making the charging system more cost effective for consumers.