Mitsubishi has teamed up with WiTricity and IHI Corporation for a research and development program to help make wireless charging a reality for electric vehicle owners – Mitsubishi’s interest in this of course would be making their Mitsubishi i-Miev vehicle the first one to have wireless charging.
The collaboration will hopefully advance the development of a real world solution that will make recharging electric cars simpler and more convenient. If a suitable system is created, it could easily be installed in public places like shopping centers and even in private homes.
Wireless charging relies on inductive charging – where the current passes between a transmitter and receiver without any physical contact between the two. The transmitter would be installed in ground under the parking spot, and the receiver would be located on the under side of the Mitsubishi i-Miev electric vehicle. Charging would automatically occur as soon as the car was parked over the transmitter. The system doesn’t require perfect alignment of the transmitter and receiver making it very easy to use.
The new project will also attempt to clarify legal issues with the new technology and propose rules for governing wireless charging systems. Mitsubishi will also be looking at the easiest ways to incorporate wireless charging systems into the Mitsubishi i-Miev.
Mr. Osamu Masuko, President of Mitsubishi said that Mitsubishi is happy to enter into a new phase of electric vehicle infrastructure development.
Only time will tell is Mitsubishi is successful at getting the Mitsubishi i-Miev wireless charging ready.