Nissan has announced a partnership with wireless charging specialist WiTricity to further its remote charging technologies, in a move that could reduce the need for electric charging points at petrol stations.
Manufacturers are looking for ways to make charging of electric vehicles easier to boost their uptake. Wireless technologies such as this have the added potential bonus of being able to charge cars without any input from the driver – making it possible that if they existed at enough locations, many could find they never need to remember to charge.
WiTricity’s solution involves a charging pad on or under the ground that uses its patented magnetic resonance technology to send energy to the vehicle parked above it, requiring no cables or moving parts. It is capable of charging all types of vehicles ranging from low ground clearance sports cars to high ground clearance SUVs.
Chief executive officer of WiTricity Alex Gruzen said: ‘In order for us to realise a future of transportation that is electrified, shared and autonomous, we need a wireless charging solution that works for all vehicles.’ He added: ‘WiTricity is partnering with Nissan to catalyse wireless charging in the EV market and move the industry forward to an interoperable future […]as we march toward a global wireless charging ecosystem.’
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