And your car will have the electric toothbrush to thank for that.
Eventually Electric Vehicle owners will find plugging their vehicle into a charge point a little bit of a schlep.
Better known in the telecommunication industry, Qualcomm is enabling wireless charging of EVs by way of electromagnetic induction.
That technology, marketed as Qualcomm Halo, allows energy to be transferred from induction coils in a plate on the ground to a receiver plate on the underside of an electric vehicle. The car merely has to be parked over the plate for charging to commence, without the driver having to physically plug in.
Taking that concept one step further Qualcomm have embedded their induction chargers on a controlled strip of road in a French Military camp bear Versailles.
The proof of concept showed two Renault Kangoo Vans travelling 100m over these induction plates at speeds of 110 km/h and picking up a 20kW charge. Power to the base pad turns on and off in 50 milliseconds when a vehicle passes overhead. The system operates at a frequency of 85 kHz.
The initial 3.3 kW system was installed on two Delta E-4 sports coupés for the UK CABLED EV trial and more recently upgraded to 6.6 kW.
The induction plates have been used in EV’s from BMW, Rolls Royce and the record breaking Drayson racecar.
At the luxury end of the market, the 7kW system was tested on the Rolls Royce Phantom 102EX Experimental EV that toured the world in 2011.
The record breaking Drayson B12/69 EV racecar took Qualcomm Halo™ into the world of high-performance motor sports at speeds of over 200 mph with a 20kW system installed.
Unlike some other inductive charging solutions that need pads to be closely aligned or almost touching, Qualcomm Halo™ technology delivers high energy transfer over a wide air gap—think SUV ground clearance.
You can help the quiet revolution along by installing an EV Charging station outside your Guest House, Hotel, Coffee Shop, Restaurant, Shopping Centre or in your forecourt. Contact Straton Electrical for EV Charging Station options.
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