Since 1886, the automobile has evolved tremendously. It began with a small buggy design, and over time, the car has improved in terms of speed, efficiency, and safety. Despite the fact that automobiles continue to develop, America’s roads have remained virtually unaltered since Eisenhower established the federal highway system in the 1950s. As automobiles become more advanced, we must consider how to improve the infrastructure that supports them.
Electric transportation is the future. By September 2019, there were more than 1.3 million electric cars on US roads, and this number is expected to rise to 18.7 million by 2030. Today, charging your car at home is the most popular option. It’s cost-effective, easy to use, and suitable for a wide range of people.
However, we must have adequate infrastructure in place to support long road trips, ground shipping delivery services, and the movement of products across the nation in order to fully transition to electric vehicles. EV charging lanes may help speed up the adoption of permanent electric transportation.
Wireless technologies with which we are familiar
Portable devices, electric toothbrushes, and our cars are all being charged on their stands. Power is transferred through magnetic fields using induction between metal coils over a short distance in this technology. The first wireless charging lanes have carried over this innovation.
The biggest question surrounding wireless charging is where it will be implemented in the United States. When it comes to wireless energy transmission, there are two options: near and far. Near-field wireless technology is now being used in consumer trials that are known to most people.
Electron and other companies have been testing EV charging lanes in Sweden and Israel, respectively, and have announced intentions to expand globally in the future. There is SELECT (Sustainable Electrified Transportation Research Center), where experts are working on technologies for a fully electrified transportation system.
There are a few concerns when a technology makes the leap from the lab to the road, just as there are with all new technologies. It’s critical to ensure that a technology is safe, cost-effective, and ready for infrastructure integration before putting it into use.
Today, you can already find wireless charger prototypes for household applications that will charge your Tesla in the garage. However, a modification of the electric car itself is also required, and as practice has shown, not all EV Adept customers are willing to risk the warranty on their car.
Wireless charging at a distance is a bit more complicated
Wireless charging is a relatively new technology. This method uses radio waves to charge the car while it’s in motion. It also has the potential to operate without changing infrastructure by using far-field wireless power for charging drones in the air and smart poles that provide Wi-Fi or cellular service.
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