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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 Flunk on 4/12/2012 11:12:39 AM , Rating: 2
They're trying to make it easier, rather than harder, than owning a gas vehicle. Charging cycles are still much longer than gas but not having to plug it in will appeal to some.

In your analogy you would have to pull into the station, plug it in and sit there for 8 hours. I don't think many people would be happy with that.

I'm not so sure that this is a great idea myself, I'm just explaining why people might want it.

RE: ...really?
By The Raven on 4/12/2012 11:49:00 AM , Rating: 2
In your analogy you would have to pull into the station, plug it in and sit there for 8 hours. I don't think many people would be happy with that.
You realize that the 'station' is in your garage, right? No, I don't think many people (especially early adopters) would care about that enough to waste 4 bil on it.

RE: ...really?
By Keeir on 4/12/2012 1:25:42 PM , Rating: 2
In your analogy you would have to pull into the station, plug it in and sit there for 8 hours. I don't think many people would be happy with that.

If I offered you a magical device that you feed electricity in and would deposit in your gas tank a gallon of gasoline every day at a price of ~1 dollar per day...

how often would you forget to flip the switch or push the button to make it start?

I've know people to drive 20 minutes out of there way to save a few dollars on a tankful of gasoline. Yet most people aren't going to remember to plug-in to save dollars a day. I mean, your literally paying yourself 200 dollars a hour every time you remember to plug-in (a PHEV).

RE: ...really?
By Mint on 4/16/2012 8:54:25 AM , Rating: 2
I think for PHEV it's not going to have much appeal aside from gadget lovers.

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