Two leading automotive electrical firms are developing revolutionary wireless electric charging systems for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Delphi Automotive and WiTricity Corp are working in collaboration on a system that works by wirelessly charging a car over its energy source that sits on the garage floor, or is embedded in a paved parking spot. The system also allows for more misalignment than inductive systems and can transfer power "efficiently over significantly larger distances" than conventional systems.
According to WiTricity boss Eric Giler: "Charging an electric car should be as easy as parking it in your garage or parking spot". According to Giler, WiTricity’s wireless system can already transfer over 3300 watts - enough to fully charge an electric car at the same rate as most residential plug sockets.
"This is groundbreaking technology that could enable automotive manufacturers to integrate wireless charging directly into the design of their hybrid and electric vehicles" said Randy Sumner, Delphi development boss.
No indication has been made of when the system can be expected.