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Published on July 21st, 2009 | by Andrew Williams

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Nissan Plans Wireless Charging on Electric Cars

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It seems we just can’t move these days for news of Nissan’s EV strategy. Well, today’s no exception, with news of Nissan’s plan to develop wireless charging technology to make charging electric cars easier and faster.

The system, based on the principle of inductive charging, employs the same electromagnetic field technology used to charge an electric toothbrush.

Nissan has already adapted the system for use in its Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) electric car, which can charge wirelessly in a suitable parking bay, but the latest report suggests that the major Japanese outfit has more expansive plans for its system. The Guardian reports that Nissan hopes to lay a series of plates into the surface of designated electric vehicle lanes on highways, enabling drivers to charge as they travel.

At this stage, Nissan has not revealed any details about the projected cost of the scheme, how long the designated lane would need to be, or the speed of battery recharge.

Speaking about the scheme, David Bott, director of innovation programmes at the Technology Strategy Board said, “I suspect you’ll end up plugging electric cars in at night for efficiency, and by day using inductive for on-the-go recharging.”

The plans sound intriguing, and perhaps a little similar to the piezoelectric scheme devised by researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology that generates electricity from passing traffic. If it does take off, the innovative approach could chip away at one of the main barriers to more widescale uptake of electric cars.

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  • Constantin

    electromagnetic field technology works fine on my Oral B Vitality from BRAUN wich uses NiMH battery(atention not Li-on,why goole it NiMh and you will know).

    So why is not on the electric cars yet ? Aaaa the OIL LOBY WORKS!!!

    EV RULES !

  • Constantin

    electromagnetic field technology works fine on my Oral B Vitality from BRAUN wich uses NiMH battery(atention not Li-on,why goole it NiMh and you will know).

    So why is not on the electric cars yet ? Aaaa the OIL LOBY WORKS!!!

    EV RULES !

  • Andy

    I’m sure I’m not the only one but.. I totally thought I this years ago. This is definitely the way to go with electric vehicles, even 18-wheelers, if they can pump enough juice.

  • Andy

    I’m sure I’m not the only one but.. I totally thought I this years ago. This is definitely the way to go with electric vehicles, even 18-wheelers, if they can pump enough juice.

  • MichaelBryant

    that go idea but are the wireless energy providers going to get paid out side of charging stations?

  • MichaelBryant

    that go idea but are the wireless energy providers going to get paid out side of charging stations?

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