Wireless Chargers at Traffic Lights in Japan

There is a pilot project in Japan to install wireless chargers at traffic lights. Sponsored by the University of Tokyo, this is an experiment to see if this technology makes sense. You can hear more from The Electric Viking

In this pilot project, your EV will, on average, gain 5 km of range for each 10 seconds of wireless charging. That doesn’t sound like a lot but if you are in city traffic you could end up with a net state of charge increase. Let’s see how this works out.

Where else could this make sense?

  • Bus stops on electric bus routes
  • Loading docks for local delivery trucks
  • Parking lots

While this doesn’t address highway charging (note that this technology can also be used on highways) it could eliminate range anxiety for city use of EVs. A big winner could be taxis.

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