Electric cars have flooded the market in the past few years, and there are plenty of reasons why. At the top of everyone’s mind is the overall cheaper fuel cost.
A Forbes report estimated $750 annual savings for an electric car against even the most fuel-efficient gas-powered car.
Add to that lower maintenance costs: no oil changes, spark plugs, air filters and timing belts to buy.
But besides the financial impact, plenty of people are switching to electric cars with the environment in mind. By driving zero-emission vehicles, consumers are looking to do their part to reduce the overall carbon footprint, keep the air clean and ozone intact.
According to Digital Trends, the biggest roadblock to people buying electric cars, even as they continue to evolve and improve, is concerns regarding range. Folks are concerned that they won’t be able to drive far enough before having to recharge, or worse, that they’ll get stranded on the side of the road unexpectedly.
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Even with Level 2 equipment, it still takes several hours to charge up an EV, and people know they don’t have that kind of time. Even a DC Fast Charger (if your car supports it) takes most of an hour if you want more than 80% of your range.
There are two ways that automakers can increase the range of an existing EV platform. They can put in more batteries, or they can improve the energy storage capacity of the batteries. Adding more batteries means more weight and more expense, which makes increased capacity the holy grail of EV development.
If accessibility to power is the problem here, what if there was constant, uninterrupted access to electricity?
With the new WigL technology, power can be sent wirelessly to enabled devices. Just as many vehicles access satellite radio to play music, WigL-configured electric vehicles could receive satellite signals that carry not just data, but essential power to keep driving.
On a terrestrial level, WigL receivers could be embedded into roadways, placed on light poles and/or installed in guardrails to build an unbroken cloud of available electricity.
While more efficient batteries could only improve overall electric vehicle performance, the problem of charging and of range still remains. With WigL, we can imagine a future where electric vehicles can drive cross-country without having to stop, as abundant, wireless power is sent directly to the battery.
Interesting in seeing electric vehicles reach their full potential? Contact Nissan (makers of the Leaf), Chevrolet (makers of the Bolt) or Tesla (makers of some of the fastest electric cars in the world) and send them to WigL!