WiTricity announced collaboration with Nissan on wireless charging.
There is no details on the project, but we can assume that WiTricity could be the supplier of the system, or at least will be licensing its technology to Nissan, when the commercialization of new SAE J2954 wireless charging standard begins.
We can also assume because of this deal that the "new" LEAF will either arrive with wireless charging as an option, or it is soon to be added.
Factory option of 3.7 kW, 7.7 kW (or 11 kW arriving in 2018) wireless charging for anyone?
"With sales of electric vehicles growing rapidly, carmakers are now very focused on streamlining the EV charging experience. The WiTricity DRIVE wireless charging system allows for a charging pad on or under the ground that uses WiTricity’s patented magnetic resonance technology to send energy to the vehicle parked above it, requiring no cables or moving parts. The DRIVE system has industry-leading efficiency and charge rates, and is capable of charging all types of vehicles ranging from low ground clearance sports cars to high ground clearance SUVs.
Nissan, together with other carmakers, has recognized that interoperability is critical for simplifying the EV charging experience and adoption of EVs more broadly. This means ensuring car owners they can charge their vehicles at any station regardless of vehicle size and type. WiTricity and Nissan are collaborating to ensure that wireless charging systems will provide the high degree of interoperability, ease of use, and high efficiency that consumers expect."
WiTricity Wireless Charging Set Up
WiTricity show booth
Kazuo Yajima, Alliance Global Director of the EV and HEV Engineering Division of Nissan said:
"Nissan believes in the potential of wireless charging to help advance widespread acceptance of EV motoring. We are very pleased to be working with a technology expert such as WiTricity to advance the state of the art for interoperability, efficiency, and user friendliness.”
Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity said:
"WiTricity is partnering with Nissan to catalyze wireless charging in the EV market and move the industry forward to an interoperable future. In order for us to realize a future of transportation that is electrified, shared and autonomous, we need a wireless charging solution that works for all vehicles. We're excited to continue working with Nissan as we march toward a global wireless charging ecosystem."