Sales of Wireless Charging Systems to Exceed 300,000 Units by 2022


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.

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22 Comments on "Sales of Wireless Charging Systems to Exceed 300,000 Units by 2022"

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Yeah.. they should be hot sellers right around the time fuel cells become hot sellers..

I’ll take that bet! Or, more to the point, that we will see widespread wireless charging well before widespread fuel cells.

Home charging will be first. And hopefully there will not be an plug-standard-wars, since the wireless standard has already been developed.

A wireless charger is an absolute requirement for my next electric car…..


I have a slightly different opinion.
Yes, thre is interest in a widespread system that allow to park your car and see it charge itself without having to maipulate something, but that could be based on secured contact Under the car as well as a Wireless system. Secured contacts are simpler and cheaper. They also mean less weight on the car. Overall it is cheaper and better so in the long run it could take over the market of wireless charging.

Plugless Power offers 240v 3.3kWh charging for the Volt and Leaf now, with Focus Electric and Ford Energi models coming very soon.

I just got an email from them yesterday that states PLUGLESS is now officially the world’s first ETL-approved wireless EV charging system.

What is the efficiency of this vs. a hardwired connection? I’d rather go for the one the uses less power.

I recall Elon Musk being asked about wireless charging at a forum recently. I can’t remember the exact figure for efficiency, but it was enough that he said they couldn’t use it. For the amount of power needed to charge a long range EV, losing even 5% of the charge due to wireless charging is quite a lot. The convenience would be amazing, but the tech isn’t there yet. I wonder if there’s a different solution where the floor pad could physically contact the pad on the underside of the car, so that its a wired connection. There would have to be some automated movement involved, but it seems feasible.

95% + efficiency.

In that same conference Elon stated that they did not plan that, but in case they would go for an automatic charging under the car, they would rather go for a contact based system.

Meh. I doubt it. It is not like plugging in is all that hard. I think wireless charging should be an option available for the rich & lazy but don’t make it standard. EVs don’t need any additional things that raise the price.

Are you saying that it should have been standard on the ELR?


Yeah, that car was so over-priced that it SHOULD have been standard on it.

Some time ago there was a robotic refueling station for gasoline in Europe?

I liked the Swedish idea, they seem to be going to pave a whole road with inductive plates for EVs to charge, esp. trucks

Convenience will win out over energy efficiency with the general public, at least in the U.S. Even many of the same people who most loudly decry the energy losses of wireless charging, will also praise the ability to do remote climate control of their EVs using their battery-powered smart phones or computers, and then use their automatic garage door-openers when parking their cars at home, before plopping down in bed or on the couch and picking up one of numerous remotes to turn on their entertainment system of choice. All to avoid having to get up and walk a few feet and waste a few seconds.

The general public don’t much care about maximum energy efficiency; convenience and operational advantages far outweigh it with them. People will vote with their feet, or in this case their butts, for wireless charging. INL tests are showing something like 95% efficiency for mag. resonance charging, which is good enough for most people.

Yep. Convenience FTW. And keep in mind older people, or disabled. Also less wear/tear on cables & connectors. How many people have already trashed their EVSEs? I’ve had mine 1.5 years and it’s not looking so hot anymore. A lot of the ones I see in public are not in the best shape either.

But raising the price of an already expensive vehicle is not convenient. Nor is making the charge time longer because you lose some of the energy.

I don’t hate the wireless charging, I just don’t want it to be standard since the biggest problem with EVs is the up-front high cost and this just makes that problem even worse.

If wireless charging makes EVS more attractive to a wider number of people, the cars will be less expensive, not more.

As to making the charge time longer, I seriously doubt anyone who will be charging their car overnight will notice or care. Just because the current home wireless chargers are limited to 3.3 kw doesn’t mean that they must be, as several much faster bus chargers have shown. And if using a wireless charger means that they won’t ever forget to plug the car in before going to bed (it’s happened), then they’ll save far more time than they lose.

Then there are the security (vandalism), safety/liability (tripping/wiring) and all-weather utility (frozen connectors/doors) advantages of wireless, as well as the damage advantage that kdawg mentioned.

And don’t forget the geek factor. A lot of potential EV buyers are looking for the cutting edge technology. What’s more cutting edge than wireless charging?

The geek factor! Yes, that could have an influence but it wouldn’t be very different with secured contacts. We will probably see both systems on the market, the one being non exclusive to the other. You can perfectly imagine to have an EV with a conventional plug, a wireless charging and a secured contacts charging. Actually I would even add a Rex to cover it all. Computers have had multiple systems on them as well, DVD, USB, SD, etc…
However in the long run secured contacts have an edge since they are about the only ones that can give convenient hypercharge possibility at MW power levels. I doubt a MW plug will ever be used and wireless at that level would be a problem as well.

Simply put- not happening.

I have TWO Volts. I use the SAME EVSE for both. When one is done charging, I unplug, walk a few feet, and plug in the other. Inductive charging would NOT be convenient and it would DOUBLE my expenditures. Oh yeah, and right now, I dismount EVSE and carry off to use at daughter’s and Mother-in-law’s dryer outlet.

Just because something has a geek factor to it, doesn’t change the uselessness of an idea. I remember seeing on TV how we would all be talking on picture telephones someday. I saw that when I was watching CAPTAIN KANGAROO in about 1969.

Lame. Completely lame. Now, if they embedded a UNIVERSAL inductive charging system in parking lots and roadways, that’s a different story altogether.