Breakthrough induction pads will be rolled out in pilot projects across residential streets, car parks and taxi ranks in the UK during the first half of 2020.
The transformative move will spell the end of cumbersome cables trailing across pavements and causing trip hazards. It will also mean that unsightly charging points could be a thing of the past.
The transition to wireless charging removes the need for drivers to plug in with a charging cable, instead enabling them to charge their vehicle by parking over an inductive pad sunk beneath the ground.
Many existing electric vehicles can be retro-fitted with the technology to enable them to use the wireless chargers while many models coming out in the coming months will already have the capability built in.
Innovators at British firm Connected Kerb said the wireless induction kit puts the UK at the forefront of electric vehicle charging.
Connected Kerb’s CEO, Chris Pateman-Jones said: “Vehicle manufacturers are increasingly including induction charging technology in their new models but at present there are only a handful of induction-enabled electric vehicle charge points. We aim to change that.”
Mr Pateman-Jones said the wireless hubs were future-proofed and could last significantly longer, relative to the plug-in points that are exposed to the elements and rely on cables.
Connected Kerb is the only electric vehicle charging company to split the deployment of its technology, the charger being housed safely beneath the ground while only the socket or induction pad is exposed.
At first, induction will be deployed alongside existing plug-in chargers as a simple upgrade, consolidating Connected Kerb’s position at the forefront of innovation in the charge point sector.
Mr Pateman-Jones added: “Induction charging will become the norm over the coming few years, and for good reason: It’s comparable in performance to traditional charging, however, it’s more convenient and even more simple.
“Also, induction opens up electric vehicles for disabled people, who are currently excluded from EVs by trailing cables and accessibility.
“Longer term, induction charging will be the path to electrification of all parking bays without the street furniture and cable clutter that dominates EV charge point technology today.”
The roll out of charging points for electric vehicles has caused headaches for local authorities.
While UK motorists – especially those in busy cities and towns – have taken to hybrid and electric cars, the infrastructure has not kept up with the demand.
There has been a shortage of kerb-side plug in points while those that are there are vulnerable to vandalism and damage because of the wires,as well as being visually intrusive on already busy streets.
Connected Kerb, with its partner, Munich-based Magment, expect to begin trialling the chargers in the UK within the next two months, with international deployment from mid-2020.
Induction chargers use an induction coil to generate an alternating electromagnetic field from within a charging base, while a second induction coil in the vehicle converts the electromagnetic field back into electricity that charges the battery without requiring a physical connection.
Magment combines magnetic material development (patented magnetizable concrete MC40) with electronic devices, making power conversion and wireless charging more efficient, reliable and economical.
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