WiTricity Wireless Charging Is Working With General Motors
WiTricity recently announced it is working with General Motors (GM) to test an advanced wireless charging system prototype for electric vehicles. WiTricity’s prototype Drive 11 park, charge system works at both 7.7 kW and 11 kW systems. And could even be installed under a substrate to offer cord-free power for public parking spaces.
The system is design works across all plug-in electric vehicle platforms. And can be deployed as a floor pad in a customer’s garage, as well as installed under pavement to provide wireless charging in public and commercial parking bays.
‘Wireless charging is a technology our customers have told us they are interested in,’ said Pamela Fletcher, GM executive chief engineer – Electrified Vehicles, Pamela Fletcher. ‘By the testing WiTricity prototype system, we can ensure that the wireless charging systems will comply with proposed industry standards, which benefits the entire industry and also consumers.’
This could be a key step into making electric vehicles easier to own for the consumers. Rather than having to plug in when you pull into your garage. All you would have to do is drive over a mat or parking space to start refilling your ride’s batteries. No extra steps, or snakes, is needed.
‘Our team is proud to work with GM on this project. Wireless charging for the EVs, based on industry standards. And is inevitable as we move toward a future of self-driving and autonomous vehicles. This project brings us one step closer to realising our vision of a world powered wirelessly’.
Licensing agreements have been announced with Toyota, Delphi, IHI, TDK and BRUSA. WiTricity is also collaborating directly with leading carmakers to drive global standards for wireless charging systems.