New technology looks set to solve the single biggest issue facing the growth of electric vehicle sales.
We’ve had electric vans available to rent at TJS for a few years now, but if there’s one thing that’s prevented us from broadening the fleet of rental EVs, it’s the same thing that seems to have been preventing many others from going electric: what do you do when you need to charge your electric vehicle, but you park your car on the street?
You can picture the scene in a just a few years’ time – streets made impassable to prams, pedestri-ans and wheelchairs because of the number of cables strewn across the pavement between charge points and cars. And that’s before we get to the security risk of what happens when you leave lots of unguarded electric cables on the street overnight.
Advent of induction
But what if you could charge your car without any cable? What if you could hire a vehicle from us and charge it wherever you parked it? That’s the prospect on offer from Connected Kerb, a tech company that’s set to start rolling out induction pads to residential streets, taxi ranks and car parks this spring.
The induction pads enable wireless charging. Just park the car on any piece of tarmac with an in-duction pad sunk beneath it and the electric vehicle will start to charge. All new EVs will come with induction charging capability and most existing EVs can be retro-fitted to charge wirelessly.
Connected Kerb’s CEO, Chris Pateman-Jones said: “Vehicle manufacturers are increasingly includ-ing induction charging technology in their new models but at present there are only a handful of induction-enabled electric vehicle charge points. We aim to change that.”
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Wireless induction charging works at the same speed as conventional charging, but there’s no plugging in, no cable to wrangle, and no on-street hazards to worry about so it’s likely to be of par-ticular benefit to elderly or disabled drivers.
How does induction work?
The induction charger contains a coil which generates an electromagnetic field. As you drive your car over the charger, another coil in the car converts the field back into electricity which charges the car battery.
The future of electric
This feels like the gamechanger. Clearly there’s a huge infrastructure issue to resolve if we’re to see induction pads in every car park and beneath every street, but whether you buy or rent an electric vehicle, induction seems the natural solution to resolving the issue of street clutter, securi-ty and simplicity.
We’re looking forward to seeing where the technology takes us next.