Visualization of Wireless Charging For Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Visualization of Wireless Charging For Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

"Wireless charging systems for electric vehicles (EVs) offer several advantages over conventional plug-in technology, foremost among them unparalleled convenience for EV owners. Until recently, these systems were in the R&D and pilot stages only, but now products have begun to reach the market, and several major EV manufacturers have plans to offer models with wireless charging capability in the 2015-2016 timeframe."

DENSO Testing Wireless Charging System

DENSO Testing Wireless Charging System

Writes Navigant Research in its latest press release report on wireless charging.

Navigant adds:

"...worldwide sales of wireless EV charging systems will grow from a few hundred in 2014 to nearly 302,000 by 2022."

We see that figure to be way too optimistic, given the current constraints of wireless charging, but Navigant's editorial director, Richard Martin, disagrees:

“Although some in the industry remain unconvinced that wireless charging will ever be more than a small niche market, it’s clear that major automakers have concluded that this technology could be a differentiator in a crowded EV market.  Features once considered luxury items, such as power windows and automatic garage door openers, tend to spread, over time, across all vehicle segments – and that is likely to apply to wireless charging, as well.”

We shall see.