HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Captain Hybrid

Slideshow: Wireless Charging Comes to Automobiles

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 4/4
g-whiz
User Rank
Gold
How much of a gap?
g-whiz   11/8/2013 10:39:52 AM
NO RATINGS
God forbid your cat wearing a collar (metal buckle) might haplessly wander between the energy transfer gap. Not only would it get an unwanted MRI, but the buckle would keep them impailed on the charging disk.

Analog_John
User Rank
Iron
Re: Wireless charging hasn't taken off in consumer electronics
Analog_John   11/8/2013 9:18:08 AM
NO RATINGS
To create a wireless interface there has to be an on-board energy receiver and on exterior energy transmitter.  In both instances LARGE amounts of energy are required to be transfered.  In the case of overnight charging the transfer rate can be low but for on-the-road 'fill-ups' the charging rate must be frighteningly high.  In both cases the on-board component for wireless charging will be of significant physical size and mass.  This is counterproductive to the present market environment of small, lightweight vehicles.  I expect that this wirless charging concept will not flourish but rather fissel out completely in favour of rapid charge stations with quick disconnects of very fat wires with stringent safety approvals to avoid shock and flashover. 

 

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Wireless charging hasn't taken off in consumer electronics
TJ McDermott   11/7/2013 10:21:31 PM
Some standards would be nice.  The unleaded gasoline nozzle at any gas station is going to fit the fill port on any vehicle.  There's no competition between auto manufacturers for this bit of infrastructure.

The same needs to happen with the technologies associated with electric vehicles.  There's no way I'm going to stand for two different types of non-contact charger just because I have two different makes of vehicle in my driveway.

 

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Wireless charging hasn't taken off in consumer electronics
Charles Murray   11/7/2013 9:12:06 PM
NO RATINGS
I think the hold-up in EVs right now, TJ, is that automakers are trying to focus their development efforts on the core EV technologies. They've already got their hands full with battery development, and I don't think they want to split the EV pie up into too many pieces.  

ChriSharek
User Rank
Gold
Wireless Charging is a Novelty
ChriSharek   11/7/2013 3:04:24 PM
Wireless Charging is cool, but absolutely unnecessary.  Plugging in your car takes 10 seconds.  As much as an EV advocate as I am, I don't see this taking off.  Plus, some drivers might end up spending more time aligning their vehicle with the wireless charger than just plugging the darn thing in! 

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Wireless charging hasn't taken off in consumer electronics
naperlou   11/7/2013 11:33:47 AM
NO RATINGS
TJ, you have a point.  In a wireless device, the plugging in is not a real hassle.  With a wireless charger for a cell phone, for example, you still have to plug in the charger.  The overhead is large in percentage terms. 

For a car, it is not quite the same.  The overhead in your own garage is similar.  I am assuming you are going to want a higher voltage, dedicated charger.  The overhead in the home is similar, but the overhead on the vehicle is less.  Plugging in, in either case, is not as big a deal, but perhaps there are situations where wireless is going to be desirable.  Time will tell.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Wireless charging hasn't taken off in consumer electronics
TJ McDermott   11/7/2013 10:43:05 AM
NO RATINGS
I'm frankly surprised at that - one would think it a no-brainer.  Is there a very large cost (or increase in weight) that would explain why wireless charging isn't ubiquitous in mobile phones?

And because it hasn't, will the same happen to EVs?

<<  <  Page 4/4
Partner Zone
More Blogs from Captain Hybrid
An engineering team from Ohio State University has set its sights on the unimaginable -- driving 400 mph in an electric vehicle.
We’ve collected photos of electric cars, designed for both the neighborhood blacktop and the commercial dragstrip. From the Crazyhorse Pinto and the Killacycle motorcycle to the Tesla Roadster and the 500-HP Renovo Coupe, we offer a peek at the blistering performance of the electric powertrain.
Tesla Motors might be planning to boost the driving range of its two-seat Roadster to 400 miles.
A Silicon Valley company has made the biggest splash yet in the high-performance end of the electric car market, announcing an EV that zips from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and costs $529,000.
Working with engineers at Bosch Automotive, BMW AG is rolling out a fast-charge system that could replenish the battery of its i3 electric car in just 30 minutes.
Design News Webinar Series
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 22 - 26, MCU Software Development – A Step-by-Step Guide (Using a Real Eval Board)
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service