Consumers clearly want it, but most manufacturers don’t seem as keen.
Wireless charging is becoming increasingly popular when it comes to mobile devices, so why can’t the same be said for electric cars? Well, some automakers have dabbled in the area. Back in 2020 McLaren released a wireless charging pad for the Speedtail, a hybrid hypercar. BMW also explored wireless charging, offering prototype wireless chargers to a handful of 530e customers in Europe and the US in 2018-19 (but the idea was never pursued any further).
EV owners clearly want the option of wireless charging. And some startups are now trying to do what manufacturers won’t. WiTricity is developing technology that uses magnetic resonance to allow wireless transfer over distance. It already has serious backing, receiving tens of millions in funding over the past few years. The startup recently started working with Hyundai, which is currently trialing the tech at three stations in its native country.
WiTricity recently conducted a survey to demonstrate just how eager consumers are for wireless tech. According to the survey 96% of those who responded wanted to at least have the option of wireless charging. Meanwhile 71% find the prospect of wireless charging to be “extremely appealing”.
Read the entire article (and watch the video) in InsideEVs.