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Funding winners will be announced this summer

There are many things keeping electric vehicles from entering the mainstream market today. Chief among those is limited driving range, high cost compared to a traditional vehicle, and hassles from having to plug the car in to charge at home and on the go. Electric vehicles will certainly get cheaper over the years as the technology matures, and battery breakthroughs will lengthen the driving range.
Now, the U.S. Energy Department is offering up to $4 million to develop wireless chargers for electric vehicles to address concerns with having to plug the vehicle for power. The goal is to develop wireless technology that would transfer power from the electric grid to the vehicle battery packs without the driver having to plug-in. The ability to simply pull into the garage or parking space and have your car automatically recharge would be a huge improvement over systems in place today.
The $4 million in funding is being made available through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies Program. The program believes that by offering wireless charging technology, consumers will be more likely to purchase electric vehicles. The hope is to accelerate the development of wireless charging solutions in the near-term with the funding opportunity.
The Energy Department wants to select as many as four projects for research and development and wireless charging systems that can be integrated into a production vehicle and tested in the real world. The department hopes vehicles using this technology could be on the roads within this decade. Four million dollars doesn't sound like a lot of funding for as many as four projects.
The selections for funding are expected to be announced this summer. The charger will be aimed at operators of light duty electric vehicles primarily focusing on static and possibly quasi-dynamic charging. The program deadline for letters of intent is April 25 with a full application submission deadline set at May 31 of this year.


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RE: ...really?
By werfu on 4/12/2012 11:03:27 AM , Rating: 2
Wired connections aren't lossless either. However, I'm pretty sure today wire are much better at transmitting currant than wires used by Tesla and Eddison. Wireless induction has been known for years, but is still in its infancy for such a usage. Given time, I'm sure we'll be able to get a better efficiency.

RE: ...really?
By The Raven on 4/12/2012 11:44:06 AM , Rating: 2
I think you miss the point here. They will still use wires to deliver the power to your home/station. It is at that point where you can either continue 3 ft on a wire or waste energy with a wireless charge. Yes wires aren't perfect, but given that they are the standard do you want to make the delivery even more inefficient for little to no reason?

RE: ...really?
By Motoman on 4/12/2012 12:14:14 PM , Rating: 2
While it's true that there is what can be thought of as "radiative" loss from physical lines (the major transmission lines themselves lose electricity to the environment), it's firstly unavoidable (but the best that we can do), but the amount lost over the ~10' of cord from the wall socket to your car would be as close to zero as any measurement could ever be.

RE: ...really?
By Schrag4 on 4/12/2012 12:35:40 PM , Rating: 2
No need to explain, you already made this clear in your original post (bolded for emphasis):

And unless a physicist can point out my error, physics pretty much guarantees that there will be a non-zero loss in that kind of field induction power transfer. It can't ever be lossless, like a wired connection essentially is.

RE: ...really?
By Reclaimer77 on 4/12/2012 12:56:58 PM , Rating: 2
Wireless induction has been known for years, but is still in its infancy for such a usage. Given time, I'm sure we'll be able to get a better efficiency.

I can't wait to see all the news reports if this becomes a reality of how all the wireless charging systems in homes are supposedly causing cancer and brain tumors. If people think cell phones pose a health risk, you can just imagine what they'll think about this lol

RE: ...really?
By JediJeb on 4/14/2012 1:03:15 PM , Rating: 2
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