Infrastructure, Storage

Wireless Charging Seen as a Game Changer for EV Infrastructure

Wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging may soon be changing the shape of the growing EV charging infrastructure.

EV manufacturers have been testing the technology. Kia recently completed a demonstration of wireless charging on its Soul EV prototypes. The project was backed by the U.S. Department of Energy. BMW also worked with Oak Ridge National Laboratory on a wireless charging prototype plug-in hybrid EV.

And this week, Bloomberg New Energy Finance named wireless EV charging provider WiTricity a 2018 New Energy Pioneer during the Future of Energy Summit. Bloomberg every year highlights 10 game-changing companies as New Energy Pioneers. WiTricity in a statement said that multiple automakers have said that they will be implementing the company’s magnetic resonance charging technology into their vehicles.

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Last year, Nissan began a collaboration with WiTricity to help drive adoption of wireless EV charging.

“As global automakers develop EV platforms, WiTricity is proud to deliver the wireless power technology that will enable these vehicles to charge as quickly and efficiently as if they were plugged in,” WiTricity CEO Alex Gruzen said in a statement. “We are committed to bringing to market a technology that allows charging to happen without cables, without mess and without worry.”

Lead image credit: WiTricity