Company honored for EV wireless charging technology that is poised to make smart cities a reality
Watertown, Mass. – September 21, 2021 – WiTricity, the company pioneering wireless charging, today announced it has been recognized in the Mobility category of Fast Company’s 2021 Innovation by Design awards. The annual awards program – which honors people, teams, and companies that transform businesses, organizations, and society through design – has recognized WiTricity for its commitment to make smart cities a reality through wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging.
Wireless charging has the power to unlock the true potential of the EV revolution. As a key piece of the future of mobility, wireless charging for EVs presents a host of benefits, a major one being the technology’s impact on making cities smarter, more beautiful, and more sustainable. It’s also critical that smart cities are smart about the electric grid – and since wireless charging brings the charge to where cars and commercial vehicles are already parked, it flattens the curve on electric consumption and eliminates the need for messy wires and cables. Designed with the future of smart cities in mind, WiTricity’s wireless charging pad can be installed above or below the ground – replacing the current eyesores associated with refueling or repowering—and automatically charge the EV, hands-free.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, city planners and innovators must work together to reinvigorate our cities and improve curbside appeal. It would be impossible to imagine a city for tomorrow without taking transportation into account,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO of WiTricity. “Do we want a curbside crowded with a mess of tangled cables? This award recognizes the team’s vision for wireless EV charging and the opportunity to build modern power infrastructure that will support an electrified and autonomous future.”
WiTricity develops EV wireless charging solutions using its patented magnetic resonance technology. With WiTricity, charging happens automatically and requires zero human interaction. Wireless charging makes smart cities a reality by eliminating plug-ins, gas stations, and overhead cables, while also enabling autonomous, shared vehicles. The technology is more accessible, more reliable, and more beautiful than other alternatives.
“Design is not just a beauty contest,” said Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “It’s something that can change the world and create solutions in a time when we face pressing global issues such as systemic racism, climate change, and a global pandemic. Many of these entries showcase these challenges while providing hope for the future through their steadfast commitment to elevate design.”
For more, check out WiTricity featured online and in the October issue of Fast Company magazine, on newsstands September 28, 2021. To learn more, visit witricity.com.