GE in collaboration with Mahindra has developed a technology to wirelessly charge the e2O Sport concept car being showcased at the Auto Expo 2016. This is indeed a value creation opportunity for manufacturers of electric vehicles of all sizes. This technology can pave the way to increased adoption of EVs for a cleaner, greener future. EV charging eliminates the need for a charging cable which is prone to damage, vandalism and potential safety concerns. It also improves user comfort and convenience as there is no need to manually plug in a cable – just park the vehicle over the charging pad and charging begins.
The wireless charging technology developed by GE also has several benefits over traditional charging methods. GE’s patented multi-coil system transfers electric power with peak efficiency of over 92% across the ground clearance of the vehicle at 3300 W. The technology also features a misalignment tolerance in the range of 150 to 200 mm which is typically the radius of the coil assembly. Unique protection and control mechanisms are embedded to ensure safe, reliable, and robust operation of the system. The technology enables Enables efficient interoperability with other charging systems. The technology can also enable state of the art advanced charging strategies like “charge on-the-go” which can eliminate the need to stop the vehicle for a charge.
Electric Vehicles are truly the future, what with stress being laid on emission norms and global climate impact. However, the constant need to park the vehicle becomes a restraining factor for those who are in need of continuous use of their vehicles. The groundbreaking technology of wireless charging which also facilitates charging-on-the-go can definitely be a game changer for vehicles in this segment. This particular advancement can also bring in a surge in demand for electric vehicles. Other vehicle manufacturers shall also start with their own research and development on such vehicles, if this concept proves to be indeed beneficial and feasible.