Wireless inductive charging could turn one weakness of electric cars into an impressive strength, eliminating not just the need to go to the gas station, but to even plug-in. Volvo just completed a study of wireless charging on its all-electric C30, fully-charging the Swedish EV in about two and a half hours.
The Volvo C30 electric car was initiated by a consortium of companies including Volvo, Bombardier Transportation, and coachbuilder Van Hool, and the study shows that there is a lot of potential for wireless charging in the transportation sector. There is already a trial project disguising wireless EV chargers as manhole covers in New York, and such a fueling system could eliminate the need for many of the hundreds of thousands of gas stations across America. The Volvo C30 electric has a 24 kWh battery that is on par with what other EVs, like the Nissan Leaf, are offering.
Of course that would also mean the elimination of millions of low-paying, part-time and full-time jobs. Yet the convenience of never having to worry about “filling up” your car, because the entire process could be automated, from charging to paying and everything in between, will certainly play into America’s simultaneously busy and lazy existence.