How important is wireless charging to you?
Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:22 am
So this would be great for people who have physical disabilities but for the rest of us plugging in a cord shouldn't be an issue. I can see other scenerios where this would be handy like if you had tandum parking in a townhouse or condo. The ablitity to not have to physically plug in would be of great convenience
How much does wireless charging matter for electric cars? Poll results
Green Car Reports
firstname.lastname@example.org (John Voelcker)Oct 17, 2017
The announcements by BMW and Mercedes-Benz that they would offer wireless charging as an option next year raise a question for electric-car advocates.
How important is the ability to recharge a vehicle without plugging in a cord?
On the pro side, wireless charging may be easier for owners and drivers, who don't have to remember to plug in the charging cable when they park.
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As envisioned by makers of inductive charging equipment (as it's formally known), semi-autonomous cars of the future would even know how to position themselves over the charging mat.
That means drivers would be relieved of the need to ensure the car is in exactly the right place to enable the two coils—one in the mat on the ground, the other on the undercarriage of the car—to align.
Such self-driving features are likely to be introduced first at the top end of the market, so it makes sense that the two German brands will offer the option on pricey plug-in hybrid sedan models.
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On the other hand, purchase and installation of wireless charging equipment isn't cheap, currently running several thousand dollars.
That includes buying and installing the charging mat, which may require trenching for the power cable (depending on local building codes) and then installing the coil underneath the car itself.
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Most electric-car owners seem to feel that plugging in a car to charge isn't that big a hassle. Charging stations for personal use, meanwhile, now run from $400 to $1,000, and every plug-in car comes with a charging port built in.
We surveyed our Twitter followers to see how important they thought wireless charging would be for plug-in electric vehicles in the future.
The results came down pretty firmly on the "nice to have but not a game-changer" side: 45 percent called wireless charging "a nice option."
Another 35 percent thought it wasn't necessary, at least for them, choosing the "Plugs are all you need" response.
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Just 14 percent of respondents felt that wireless charging was "the best!" and the remaining 6 percent felt it would be a low-volume option on cars of the future.
We take away from this pretty much what we'd expected: wireless charging may be an appealing option for some buyers, but it's probably not going to have a huge effect on electric cars in general.