Plug-in cars are only just starting to sell in serious numbers, but one company that aims make that nomenclature obsolete. WiTriCity has already proven the potential of wireless “inductive” charging, and they hope to increase the rate of charging beyond what is possible even in today’s advanced EVs.
Whereas most EVs have either a 3.3 or 6.6 kW onboard charger, WiTriCity has announced that it plans to increase power transfer to “10s of kilowatts” reports Green Car Congress. Their patented wireless charging system has up to a 95% transference efficiency. This could allow EV and PHEV drivers to recharge in just an hour or less, without ever even having to get out of their car (though that might be kinda weird).
Why should you take WiTriCity seriously? Well Toyota certainly is, and the upcoming Prius Plug-in will be compatible with the WiTriCity inductive charging system. Indeed, the ability to install and (more importantly) hide these wireless charging pads in plain site makes them adaptable to many different environments and areas. While it won’t happen overnight, WiTriCity says it is prepared to march side-by-side with the battery industry as capacity and range both grow as well.
The vehicles that stand to benefit the most in the next few years though are plug-in hybrids (ironically enough), which tend to have smaller batteries that take less time to recharge. The ability to park, go shopping, and return an hour later to a topped-off hybrid is a compelling notion, and subtracting the plug park only makes it that much better.
Who knows…maybe one day, car charging stations as we know them will be sought after as prized relics of a long past time, when people had to plug in their cars for themselves.