EV Wireless Charging Could Put Gas Stations Out of Business

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(Newswire.net — April 24, 2017) — Since Tesla Motors pawed the way with its battery-powered car concept, vehicle manufacturers have been seeking ways to get their share in this fast-growing market.

Two major reasons are troubling potential buyers of electric vehicles – price and recharging. But that is going to change.

With new mid-priced electric vehicles, the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla 3, rolled out, other car makers are mulling the development of their own electric powered models at lower prices. Also, making batteries more durable will raise enthusiasm for electric cars.

The possibility of charging up vehicles wirelessly along the way could be a game changer that could put an end to conventional gas stations.

Running out of petrol miles away from the nearest gas station can be easily solved by having a few litters in booth, or by asking a Good Samaritan to give you a lift. With electric cars, that won’t be necessary.

The possibility of charging your electric car wirelessly, like you do with your cell phone, may not only save you the hassle of “running dry,” but could have a major impact on the whole industry. According to a story published by CNBC, conventional gas stations may be put out of business sooner than we think.

Article author, Totem Power CEO Brian LaKamp, believes that “drivers aren’t going to go a place to charge. They’re going to charge at the places they go.”

“Mercedes has already announced wireless charging to be built into its S500e plug-in hybrid sedan. BMW is working on it, and most of the rest are rumored to be. Nissan just announced collaboration with WiTricity around EV charging,” the article reads.

For the time being, one battery charge can last up to 200 miles, which is sufficient for more than 90 percent of daily commutes.

Based on Commuter Driving Statistics data, 25% of US citizens are 1-5 miles commuters, 22% are between 6 and 10 miles, while 10% have daily commutes from 16 to 20 miles, with the percentage declining as the distance grows to 31-35 miles one-way commutes, covered by only 3% of US citizens. Eight percent commute more than 35 miles one-way on a daily basis.

With the capacity to charge up as they go, electric vehicles are most certainly the future of transportation, which is happening even as we speak.