Charging electric cars: – Tesla uses wireless charging

Charging electric cars: – Tesla uses wireless charging

(Bill24): We have long heard about the technologies that are coming in electric cars, but we currently have the advantage of seeing them on the open market for us as consumers. One of these things is wireless charging for electric cars, or induction charging, as a more professional term for the technology.

On the other hand, several manufacturers have highlighted this technology as something they are considering, and there is even a pilot project underway in Oslo, where a range of taxis will be charged by identification.

The charging cable may soon become history

The charging cable may soon become history


New wind in your sails

However, it may now seem that the solution could get a fresh start, because Tesla stated a few days ago that it is working on developing the solution. In a longer conversation with American TV host – and car enthusiast – Jay Leno, Tesla designer Franz von Holzhausen mentioned that Tesla is working on this technology. This is as part of a broader context, as part of smart home solutions, where the car can charge the home, and vice versa.

This is primarily a solution in demand in those markets with unstable power grids, but also for enthusiasts who want to reduce their carbon footprint by going the extra mile in green energy.

The solution is known

To this day, wireless charging has been presented in the form of a relatively flat pad that sits on the garage floor, and then you can simply park it when you get home. The rest takes care of itself, and you start with a fully charged car the next morning.

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In a demonstration of the Tesla Cybertruck, von Holzhausen confirmed that Tesla is working on this technology. Meanwhile, one of the current challenges is to create as close a connection between the charging pad and the car as possible. This can present challenges for vehicles with extra ground clearance, such as the Cybertruck. Hence another challenge arises.

Tesla designer: Franz von Holzhausen says they are working on this technology.

Tesla designer: Franz von Holzhausen says they are working on this technology.
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Therefore, the charging pad must be designed in such a way that it can rise to the level of the vehicle. It is unrealistic to do the opposite, as every car must go down to a higher level. This brings us back to what has kept tariffs out of the market until now: cost.

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For one thing, you have to buy a charging pad. Another thing is that the car must also have a receiver, and be compatible with induction charging as well. In general, this cost has not yet fallen to the point where car manufacturers see fit to achieve this. When the charging pad must also have a raising and lowering function, this drives the price even higher. Alternatively, the charging pad could be mounted at the correct height, but again it would be a hindrance for low cars.

On the other hand, Tesla has managed to rethink many other areas, so now it remains to be seen whether they will also find a way to inductive charging – or wireless charging in some other way.

Franz von Holzhausen, on the other hand, did not give a time frame for when the technology would be ready, or even whether he took it for granted that they would achieve it, other than to acknowledge that they are working on a solution to the problem. Wireless charging through the charging pad that you stand on top of.

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