Wireless charging could halve TCO for last-mile EV fleets

A new study, carried out by WiTricity, showed that in a standard plug-in model, EVs are essentially taken out of service to charge but switching to wireless charging frees EV fleets from such forced downtime.

WiTricity compared the use of 50kW plug-in charging to 24kW wireless charging with the fleet running two eight-hour shifts, leaving four hours per shift for charging and depot operations.

The study found that wireless charging in place of plug-in charging enables the duration of charging operations to double, while reducing peak electrical demand for the depot by half. It also decreases exposure to back-up energy generation infrastructure and operation costs, and cuts down on labour costs and maintenance.

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