In a delightfully written article by Tina Casey for Clean Technica, the idea of a wireless charging electric vehicle is explored. While strides have been made, especially in wirless charging for parked EVs, there are still some hurdles to be overcome, but the dream lives. I strongly encourage you to click on the Read More link to take in the full article.
|Batteries, Schmatteries: Wireless EV Charging Hits The Road|
…..wireless EV charging on-the-go is looking more real than ever before. That’s right, you’re charging as you drive, or better yet, while your car is driving you. Come to think of it, mash up wireless EV charging on-the-go with self-driving cars and you have, well, a really long ride ahead of you……
The latest electric vehicle development comes from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Here’s what assistant professor Khurram Afridi and the other researchers have been up to:
Over the last two years, Afridi and his colleagues have developed a proof of concept for wireless power transfer that transfers electrical energy through electric fields at very high frequencies.
Okay…so far so good. Proof of concept. Apparently we are not holding our breaths for that new self-driving Tesla Model Something that costs less than a Yugo and charges wirelessly while it ferries you around.
Will This Ever Really Happen Or Must You Always And Forever Stop To Charge Your Electric Vehicle?
Okay, so wireless EV charging on-the-go is still a pipe dream, but the UC-Boulder team has established a pathway forward. The problem is making the leap from stationary to movement, and the basic approach is to position a series of charging pads in the roadway, a few meters apart.
Here’s Professor Afridi with the concept:
“On a highway, you could have one lane dedicated to charging,” Afridi said, adding that a vehicle could simply travel in that lane when it needed an energy boost and could carry a smaller onboard battery as a result, reducing the overall cost of the vehicle.