A green revolution in the transportation arena is waiting in the wings to sweep across the nation of the UK. And the revolution is to be kick started by the first wireless electric car that was introduced in London recently.
The system is called Induction PowerTransfer (IPT), and is the first commercially available wireless electric car charging system in the world. The product has been developed by HaloIPT, a start up company, which says IPT is the safest, most efficient and effective way to transfer power without wires.
The system works on the principle of magnetic induction, which was discovered in the 1800s. Cars that use the IPT system will have a simple integrated receiver pad attached to them, which will be charged automatically when the vehicle is parked or driven on roads that have HaloIPTs charging pads beneath their surface. To this end, the company is working on plans to electrify sections of England’s M25 motorway by using magnetic induction. This mans that when the vehicles using this technology are driven over those portions of the roads, they will automatically be charged. The electrification of the roads will therefore, be a huge factor in determining the popularity and appeal of electric vehicles.
The IPT system can be used with all vehicles – even on the eBikes and heavy goods vehicles. It is also weather resistant – capable of working under any climactic condition. What’s more, it works even if the car is not aligned properly with the charging pads inside the asphalt.
Sources at HaloIPT say that one of the biggest advantages of IPT is that it will work to break down the barriers that exist currently to discourage people from adopting electric cars on a large scale. IPT was tested on a Citroen C1, for charging performance.
The car took six hours to fully charge from 20 percent capacity, from a regular household socket. HaloIPT says the system can charge even at distances of up to 40 centimeters.