Recently, WiTricity Corporation (WiTricity), IHI Corporation (IHI) and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) have all come together and agreed to research and develop easily deployable electric vehicle (EV) wireless charging systems. They want them to be readily compatible with electric grids which will make life easier for EV users around the world in the future.
The companies plan to combine state-of-the-art wireless charging technology, electric power infrastructure know-how for the next four decades and beyond to come up with great EV research, development, and technology to make easily deployable wireless charging systems. The plan for EVs will take place over three steps: research and development, real-world testing, and commercialization.
1. Finding the most appropriate and easiest ways of incorporating wireless charging systems into EV charging infrastructure
2. Clarifying legal matters regarding the new technology and create proposals for rules governing the use of such systems
3. Testing of wireless charging systems with EVs fitted with power charging receptors internally
"Electric vehicles offer great potential for reducing CO2 emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. However, they must be user friendly, and wireless charging is an important feature that greatly improves the user experience. We are excited to work with industry leaders MMC and IHI on this important program, " said WiTricity CEO, Eric Giler.
Mr. Kazuaki Kama, IHI’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated "Wireless charging is strategic to IHI. As a supplier of public infrastructure, IHI is deeply motivated to develop systems that are environmentally sound. We believe that user friendly wireless charging will contribute to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles — an important step forward for 21st century society. Working together with Mitsubishi Motors and WiTricity, leaders in electric vehicles and wireless technology, we aim to become a leading world-wide supplier of wireless charging stations for public, commercial, and residential parking environments."
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