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Wireless charging may be key to electric vehicle success, BMW and Nissan already developing technology

While electric vehicles and charging stations have become more commonplace, the fear of being stranded miles from their destination has kept the technology from becoming widely adopted. However, automakers like BMW and Nissan are already preparing to implement wireless charging options on their electric cars, which could allow for charging stations to be embedded in parking spaces and even the roadway
Plug-in electric vehicle charging could becoming a thing of the past if wireless charging is adopted.
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Plug-in electric vehicle charging could becoming a thing of the past if wireless charging is adopted.
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As the name suggests, wireless charging allows current to pass to a battery without a physical connection; the technology is already appearing in smartphones and other mobile devices and there are great hopes that it will offer a boost to consumers’ adoption of electric cars.

Pike Research estimates that sales of wireless charging systems for electric vehicles could surpass 280,000 by 2020 as carmakers look for ways of addressing customers’ fears over electric vehicle range anxiety — that is, running out of power and being stranded miles away from their destination.

In the last 12 months, all of the major electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers have announced partnerships for developing the technology, motivated in part by the growing issue of ‘range anxiety’ that haunts existing EV owners and deters other motorists from relinquishing their petrol-powered vehicles for something more environmentally friendly. “The experiences of EV owners have strengthened the case that the convenience of charging could be a major factor in purchase decisions,” says editorial director Richard Martin. “They have also made other benefits of wireless charging, including the alleviation of range anxiety through frequent, brief top-offs via embedded, automatic wireless charging systems, much more evident.”

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