The tech is rapidly gaining traction
The McLaren Speedtail is something truly special from the British automaker. Hailed as McLaren's own take on Gordon Murray's T.50 successor to the F1, there are plenty of talking points on this special supercar. Thanks to Lumen Freedom, a company specializing in wireless charging for electric vehicles, there is now another talking point on the Speedtail. Instead of plugging the car into a wall socket when the batteries run low on juice, a special charging pad can just be installed on the floor of your garage and when you park over it, the car will begin charging with no wires attached to it.
For those lucky enough to be able to afford a supercar, paying extra for conveniences like wirelessly charging your McLaren won't be an issue. Unfortunately, pricing information for the device is unavailable but we expect it should be affordable for the average Speedtail owner. According to Lumen Freedom, the Speedtail "is only the second electric vehicle with wireless charging capabilities to ever hit the market for consumer purchase." The first was the BMW 530e iPerformance. If you're reading this and thinking that this kind of tech will take generations to trickle down to everyday cars, keep your hair on - we have good news on that front.
WiTricity - the company that Lumen Freedom licenses the wireless charging tech from - has plans to expand and has already licensed its technology to most Tier 1s and automakers worldwide. The idea is that wireless charging will become the norm rather than the oddity, and we can't see any reasons why it won't be rapidly adopted, especially since the company claims that wireless charging using its tech will have no detrimental impact on speed or efficiency compared to conventional plug-in charging. The more these kind of innovations become mainstream, the easier it will be for the world to convert to electric cars.