And it's not a car manufacturer that has made the breakthrough
Wireless charging is a pretty cool concept. We've seen it on our smartphones for some time now, but the prospect of doing the same sort of thing for electric cars has been out of reach for the general public, despite attempts from Kia and a small-scale launch of the tech from BMW. Even Jaguar has made efforts to bring this kind of innovation to the Norwegian taxi industry with its new I-Pace, but now an Australian company called Lumen Freedom has become the first in the world to receive certification that allows public use of wireless car charging technology. This could be huge.
According to the company, its technology will change the recharging industry forever thanks to the ease of use factor and that the chargers are claimed to work very quickly. The company's proudest product is a single-box 11 kilowatt system that is the only one of its kind in the world. As you may expect, most electric cars on the market could not be launched with tech that was not yet perfected, but Lumen Freedom has taken care of this too. Not only has the company developed a power source and the required ground assembly, but also the part that needs to be fitted to the electric vehicle, saving development costs for manufacturers who may well choose to license this tech too.
This is all very admirable, but the part that's really important is that last month, the Australian company became the first and only company in the world so far to be certified by UL, the industry body that approves public use of wireless charging devices for automobiles. Interestingly, WiTricity, a Boston-based company working on similar tech, is licensed by Lumen Freedom. This means that the clever innovation may soon be ready for roll-out across the U.S. This is great news, as the tech can charge a 60 kW battery in approximately five hours. In addition, the company is working on a way to allow electric vehicles to charge even while on the move. The future of the electric vehicle is bright.