Wireless charging seems to take up a good portion of the buzz on the news desks of gadget journalists because it’s technology that could revolutionize quite a bit in the industry. And because efforts are going strong for the wireless charging of electronics like smartphones and laptops, Mitsubishi thought they’d have a go at it with wireless charging for electric vehicles.
Mitsubishi Motors has just teamed up with WiTricity Corp. and IHI Corp. to research and develop wireless charging systems that would work on today’s power grids.
Ideally, the system would have drivers drive over a designated area on the tarmac. The system would then automatically charge the EV’s battery. So far with WiTricity’s current technology, they can deliver up to 3.3 kilowatts of charging power over a distance of eight inches at an efficiency rate of 90%.
The way it works is that the system utilizes magnetic-resonance wireless charging by having a transmitter and a receptor, which only work when synchronized.
“We are happy to enter into a new phase of electric-vehicle infrastructure,” Mitsubishi president Osamu Masuko said. “I am confident we can be a major contributor along with WiTricity and IHI to quickly make widespread wireless charging for electric vehicles a reality.”
No word has been released in terms of how long it will take the three companies to launch the technology as it is still deep in its R&D phase.
– By: Chris Chin