The globe’s first open experiment in “wireless charging” will take place later this year on a kilometer-long strip in Balingen, Germany. Its purpose is to demonstrate the viability of a technology that has long been seen as aspirational and innovative in the EV charging industry.
BMW is one of many automakers that already offers cars with pads that allow recharging while the vehicle is parked. However, the possibility of recharging batteries while operating a vehicle (dynamic charging) has extensive consequences for the sector.
There are significantly insufficient charging stations to serve the several automobiles anticipated on the roadways, automakers and industry advocacy organizations have warned. Additionally, these groups have voiced concern over a possible scarcity of battery components by, or soon after, the next ten years. Nevertheless, according to analysts, dynamic charging enables cars to hold lighter batteries, allowing for the more efficient use of scarce resources throughout a greater number of vehicles.
According to Andreas Wendt, the project’s goal is not just to make wireless charging available to the general public throughout Germany. Another important feature involves the creation and application of a technology that will help general transportation organizers determine where to construct the leading transportation system in a certain region.
If the dynamic charging is shown to be scalable and economically viable, it may provide a workaround for the shortage of static charge stations. However, the technology still needs to overcome several major obstacles before it is validated. To prevent the technology from duplicating itself across brands and models, parts must be compatible, allowing competing car brands to share a charging system. Furthermore, the cost of installing underneath pads for charging may be expensive. There is also the broader issue of coordinating energy networks, the larger auto sector and main road operators.
But according to Michael Hurwitz, implementing this technology for private vehicles is far more difficult; therefore, fleets or controlled fleets will be the first to employ it. Hurwitz asserts that this technology has the best opportunity of succeeding if it is woven into the system of creating and maintaining roadways, both for commercial and operational purposes.
However, this decade will see some advancements in technology. Given that there are not enough plug-in charge stations, IDTechEx forecasts that drivers of high-end vehicles will possess about 700,000 of wirelessly recharged cars by 2032.
Automakers have already started experimenting with the technology. Although Volvo Cars intends to test wireless charging on its XC40 electric vehicles, Stellantis Fiat owner says it has been a process since 2021 on its private fleet. This is a useful strategy to assess future alternatives for charging electric vehicles.
As wireless charging gains ground, it is possible that future models from various EV makers such as Fisker Inc. (NYSE: FSR) will invariably come with equipment to tap this charging option.
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