If It Has a Plug....It's an EV... But Can It Be An EV Without a Plug? Sure...If It Wireless Charges
Toyota Motor Corporation have signed an intellectual license agreement with WiTricity to use wireless charging in future rechargeable hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles.
"Toyota has identified this technology as a key differentiator in the marketplace because of its seamless operation and the convenience factor it offers the vehicle owners."
Toyota Motor Corporation made an equity investment in WiTricity and began cooperation with WiTricity in 2011, so such a deal is rather natural. Now we wait for the first Toyota capable of wireless charing.
Wireless charging is wireless, but still needs some device to provide the power. Such devices will be manufactured under a separate license.
"Compatible wireless charging sources will be manufactured by third party charging system suppliers, under license from WiTricity."
WiTricity CEO Eric Giler stated:
“WiTricity’s mission is to make wireless charging available as widely as possible, and this announcement is a significant step toward accomplishing that mission. We envision a world in which wireless charging accelerates the adoption of clean, green electrified vehicles. To have Toyota, the world’s leading carmaker, licensing our intellectual property, underscores the importance of the technology.”