One of the biggest problems holding consumers back from buying an electric car is range. It can be frustrating when you’re on a road trip, for example, and have to stop every few hundred miles or so to charge your EV, which itself can take quite some time.
Qualcomm, Renault, and Vedecom have joined forces with the goal of solving this major problem. The three companies have recently demonstrated a dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system that can charge EVs while they are driving on the road.
The technology was shown off at the 100-meter test track located near Paris, France. It features a series of embedded pads that can wirelessly transmit up to 20 kilowatts of power to the car above. The test was performed with two Renault Kangoo Z.E. vehicles that were able to pick up charge in both directions along the track at speeds of up to 100 km/h or 62 mph.
The DEVC system does look very promising and could help boost electric car sales. However, it’s still in development and there are a lot of obstacles to overcome before it will be ready to hit the market. Price is one of the major ones: it could cost a lot of money to install the charging technology on highways, for example. It probably doesn’t make much financial sense at this point as there still aren’t enough EVs on the roads around the world to justify the large investment.
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