Wireless Charging Will Be First Introduced As An OEM Option On The Infiniti LE In 2015

Wireless Charging Will Be First Introduced As An OEM Option On The Infiniti LE In 2015

"Over the next decade, the most vibrant Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) markets will involve the contactless charging of portable and mobile equipment, in particular consumer electronics and electric vehicles," says Research and Markets.

Contactless means wireless, so we're looking at widespread growth in this form of no-plug charging.

Research and Markets adds this:

"Later, this will lead to contactless power for a high proportion of static consumer, industrial and military electronics. For now, it primarily concerns wireless charging of lithium-ion batteries in portable consumer electronics and in land, water and airborne electric vehicles, particularly cars, both hybrid and pure electric. These travel considerable distances and ready availability of standard, convenient ie contactless, charging capability is key to their widespread adoption."

We rather like the idea of wireless charging, as it can be installed almost anywhere, including in "manhole" covers.  It's incredibly convenient too.  The only holdback is cost and perhaps efficiency of power transmission.

In the far-off future, wireless charging will likely become standard on most plug-in vehicles.  If it does, then this charging standard battle with CHAdeMO, CCS, Tesla and so on becomes moot.