Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Companies (USA and Global)
Some additional US-based companies that provide wireless charging solutions for electric vehicles include Plugless, Momentum Dynamics, and Wave. Some additional companies outside the United States providing wireless charging solutions for electric vehicles are Elix Wireless, Connected Kerb, Magment, Wireless Protocol, Sprint Power, and Powermat.
- The plugless electric vehicle wireless charging solution is made by Evatran, a power transfer startup based in Richmond, Virginia.
- The company has been supporting wireless charging for the Chevy Volt since early 2014, and it plans to support the Chevy Bolt wireless charging.
- Plugless Wireless first supported the Nissan Leaf since it was the most popular battery-powered electric vehicle in the market when Plugless started production.
- For six years, electric vehicles have used Plugless's wireless charging solution and clocked over 900,000 wireless charging hours. According to Plugless, "that’s a full century’s worth of continuous charging for individual Plugless customers as well as major trial partners including Google, Duke Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and more."
- Plugless applies inductive charging technology, thus eliminating the need for EV drivers to plug in the vehicle. The air gap between the vehicle and the Wireless Charging Station allows the two aligned magnetic coils to transfer power to the electric vehicle.
- The Plugless wireless charging system is installed indoors or outdoors. Regardless of the weather conditions, the company is confident that the system will perform perfectly.
- So far, Plugless has products for the following EV models: Tesla Model S, BMW I3, and Nissan Leaf, Generation 1 Chevy Volt.
- Evatran started the development of the first Plugless wireless charging system in 2009, but the first field trials were done in March 2010.
- Google was Plugless's first commercial customer in 2011, while Plugless started offering the first wireless charging system to the public in 2014.
- Momentum Dynamics is headquartered in Malvern and is a global market leader in high-power EV wireless charging.
- The company was recently recognized as the winner of Mechanical Engineering Magazine's 2019 Emerging Technology Award.
- Momentum dynamics uses automated and highly-efficient inductive charging systems. Their technology is "based on the scientific principle of resonant magnetic induction, and provides fast, automated opportunity charging for electric vehicles with no moving parts."
- Momentum Dynamics' wireless charging system is used in electric vehicles but most common in public transport vehicles, delivery vans, and auto fleets.
- The company was formed in 2009.
- According to PR Newswire, Momentum Dynamics, "the global leader in high-power wireless charging for electric vehicles, and CEVT, an innovation company for Zhejiang Geely Holding Group based in Sweden, have demonstrated high-power wireless charging on a passenger vehicle with autonomous parking."
- ELIX Wireless is a global market leader in wireless power transfer, and part of the company's offerings is charging for electric vehicles. The company uses its patented Magneto-Dynamic Coupling (MDC) technology to deliver an industry breakthrough in the areas of autonomous vehicles, warehouse and material handling robots, and guided vehicles.
- The company was founded in 2013 as a spin-out from the University of British Columbia (UBC) "to commercialize a fundamentally unique wireless power transfer technology."
- ELIX Wireless has grown from proof-of-concept to charging electric vehicles at UBC and is rapidly expanding into a broader range of markets and industrial applications.
- ELIX's headquarters are in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and has an engineering center in China.
- In 2014, the company was named as one of BC's most innovative companies.
- Connected Kerb is an award-winning provider of "infrastructure solution to enable smart cities connectivity, all while providing convenient and reliable access to EV charging. For EVs to be a true revolution, they need to be accessible to everyone. That’s why our focus is on-street residential charging, where residents do not have access to off-street parking, and long-stay car parks, where dwell times are prolonged."
- Connected Kerb is headquartered in the UK and was recently selected to roll out wireless EV charging in residential streets, taxi ranks, and car parks across the UK.
- According to Connected Kerb CEO, "vehicle manufacturers are increasingly including induction charging technology in their new models but at present there are only a handful of induction-enabled electric vehicle charge points. We aim to change that."
- The company plans to be the first company to split the deployment of the technology by installing the charger and induction pad separately.
- In January 2019, Connected Kerb deployed a first-of-its-kind "public kerbside charging and connectivity infrastructure for electric vehicles (EV) in Borough Road, Southwark, London. Through smart, future-proofed fibre broadband and wireless kerbsides powered by Virgin Media, Connected Kerb's technology offers simple, efficient and cost-effective 'drive-up' roadside charging and internet connectivity points for EV motorists."
Key Emerging Trends Expected for the EV Wireless Charging Industry
Wireless Dynamic Electric Vehicle Charging (DEVC)
- According to a market report by Transparency Market Research, one emerging key trend in the EV wireless charging market is the new wireless dynamic electric vehicle charging system.
- The new system "has potential to charge an electric vehicle dynamically up to 20 KW at the speed of 100 km/h" and is currently being demonstrated by Qualcomm.
- Another company at the forefront of this trend is Honda. The company is currently undertaking research and development to come up with a new dynamic technology that "that can allow dynamic charging at a power of 180kW (300A, 600DC) when the electric vehicle is traveling at a speed of 160km/h."
Increasing Electric Vehicle Sales
- According to Mordor Intelligence, another key trend is that electric vehicle sales have been growing and they will continue to grow in the coming years. The spike in sales is attributable to an "increase in regulatory norms, by various organizations and governments, to control emission levels and to propagate zero-emissions vehicles. "
- This trend has resulted in auto manufacturers ramping up their research and development expenditure, which "had a strong impact on people, as there was a considerable change in the purchase pattern from conventional IC engine vehicles to electric vehicles. The change has not decreased the sales of IC engine vehicles but rather created a promising market for electric vehicles in the present as well as for the future. "
- The growth of electric vehicle sales is expected to "increase the need for charging equipment and wireless charging, which claims to reduce effort put in to charge the vehicle. Wireless charging is expected to gain popularity and have a growing market in the near future."
Europe is the Fastest Growing Market
- Mordor Intelligence posits that Europe will be to be "the largest manufacturing hub, and also the largest market for wireless charging stations."
- This growth can be attributed to the availability of viable infrastructures to support electric vehicle sales. According to the research, Germany, the United Kingdom, and France are expected to be the "biggest markets for wireless charging due to a combination of economies of scale, high levels of income, and being an automotive manufacturing hub."
- Companies capitalizing on this trend include Audi, BMW, Daimler, Toyota Motorsport, and Toyota Motor Europe, WiTricity to drive wireless EV charging interoperability.
- As per Mordor Intelligence, the "foundation for the market for wireless charging is already visible from the yearly increasing sales of electric vehicles in European countries, like Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, among many others."