By WiTricity CMO Amy Barzdukas
WiTricity’s patented wireless charging technology is the foundation for an electric taxi trial in Nottingham, England. The Wireless Charging of Electric Taxis (WiCET) demonstration, funded by the UK government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, features electric taxis that have been fitted with wireless charging technology built by Lumen Freedom, a WiTricity licensee.
WiTricity’s patented technology enables simple, park-and-charge technology that operates at the same speed as Level 2 plug-in charging without the hassle associated with plugging in. The hassle is real: according to a recent JD Powers survey of EV owners in the US, EV owners are frustrated with out-of-service chargers, long lines, and an inability to power up the charging once plugged in. For commercial use, such as in the WiCET project, wireless charging further streamlines charging with no moving parts to break or replace, and no worry that someone will forget to charge at the end of their shift.
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