There is little doubt that companies around the world are trying to solve the energy crisis. Many alternative energy sources have been tried and tested, leaving us with a few strong contenders to replace oil-based fuels. One of the strongest of these has been electric energy, but even this has proved to come with certain difficulties. However, a small company in London is trying out a wireless system that may just give it the boost it deserves, potentially ushering a new age of clean energy.
A shinning light has come out of Qualcomm, a company that says that they’ve found a solution for the plug-in charging that has been bogging down electric car development for many years. But is it too good to be true? Could we actually have a method to make the electric car a competitor in a market filled with alternative and better power sources?
According to the company, electric cars have the potential to being topped up while the drive, ultimately making the charging system of old completely obsolete. It has done this by invited this inductive charging, a method which BBC reporters have suggested involves using an “electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects.”
Dubbed “Qualcomm Halo,” while this method is less power-efficient than the current plug-in or batter-swapping stations, the company suggested that the difference is only marginal. Qualcomm added that "rhe adoption of WECV [wireless electric vehicle charging] technology will lead to a shift in charging behaviour. Drivers will charge their electric vehicle little and often and potentially use dynamic charging to complement local stationary charging, removing range anxiety. This means that batteries could be smaller with the resulting reduction in electric vehicle cost and weight."
They have been currently testing the products using Formula 1 car designer Delta Motorsport E4 to demonstrate the new technology, showing considerable progress in a short time. Indeed, they have been so successful in their development that they’re already making a deal with French manufacturer Renault for the following year.
Allowing the user to charge their battery between 40-80%, it also has the potential of maximising the life expectancy of the battery itself. While it is still in experimental stages, it is for the moment the best shot at breathing life into the electric car industry that has been suffering in recent years. Let us hope that it will give a much needed push, giving electric car manufacturers a strong foothold in the industry.