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Is wireless technology about to change the way we view EV charging convenience?

This could be a game-changer for how we live with our EVs

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The notion of charging our EVs via wireless charging points is nothing new - the likes of manufacturing giants such as Kia, BMW and Jaguar have all attempted to produce their own technology and methods of wireless charging in the past, though Australian company Lumen Freedom may be on the cusp of a charging revolution.

You see, the aforementioned developments from Kia et al aren't licensed for public use - they can only be used by the purchasers which restricts the usefulness of the technology. Lumen Freedom by contrast have become the worlds first to be certified for public use of their wireless car charging technology, and therefore may be about to change the way we charge our EVs forever, increasing convenience and removing the need for messy cables.

According to the Australian tech company, their wireless technology will "change the recharging industry forever" due to its ease of use and claimed rapid charge speed. Lumen Freedoms flagship product is a single-box 11KW system that is apparently the only of its kind in the world, which contains not only the charging power source and required ground assembly for the 'pad' but also the hardware that needs fitting to your EV, saving manufacturers thousands in R&D should they choose to license this technology and increasing the likelihood of large-scale adoption.

The really key part of all this is the fact that Lumen Freedom are currently the only company in the world to be certified by UL, who are the industry body that can approve public use of wireless charging devices for cars and other vehicles.

What is also interesting is that Boston-based WiTricity (who are working on similar wireless charging technology) are licensed by Lumen Freedom, meaning that we may well see this incredible innovation rolled out across the US sooner than we might expect.

Plugging in your EV or PHEV could soon be a thing of the past. Image via Pexels

Plugging in your EV or PHEV could soon be a thing of the past. Image via Pexels

According to Lumen Freedom, this wireless charging technology can charge a 60kw battery to full capacity in around 5 hours - ideal for use in situations such as office car parks, short-stay parking lots and of course at home. This technology would also be beneficial for public use when parking to run errands, as although the battery won't be fully charged, it will replenish some of the charge and 'top up' your EVs range whilst you nip out for groceries.

With one of the biggest inconveniences about EV life being charging availability and convenience, this technology from Lumen Freedom may well be a game changer - let's hope the rest of the development goes smoothly and we see this technology on the streets in the next few years.

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Comments (7)

  • Why not just line the roads with that wireless charging technology to drive the cars like a wireless scalextrics and/or change other people's electronic equipment on the road as they pass by rather than just a single point?

    Note: I have no idea how this wireless charging even works and I prefer wired tech over wireless (I still use wired headsets and earphones). This is just a shot in the dark.

      10 days ago
    • It works with magnets, if it the roads were one long magnet it might work but there will probably be a great every meter or so, so it wouldn't be as effective. Also, the cost would be insane

        10 days ago
    • Same here. Still use wired everything 👍

        10 days ago
  • Man this would be so convienent. I could charge my i3 and not have to plug and unplug! I hope this comes real soon

      10 days ago
  • Wireless charging is way too inefficient. Charging your phone wirelessly makes the battery hot, and hot batteries wear out faster

      10 days ago
  • Even QI inductive fast charging on mobile phones generates a fair amount of heat and as we all know batteries don't perform to their best outside of optimal temperatures.

    Great idea in concept but think it's ultimately flawed at least for now.

      10 days ago
  • Oh no, more EMF pollution for the conspiracy theorists to latch onto. Just never mention the frequency it operate at. The power it can deliver is irrelevant to them, it is all about hertz.

    Though they will be able to understand what their cats are saying.

      12 days ago
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