Nissan planning to offer wireless charging for its upcoming EVs

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

Not only is Nissan developing a wireless charging bay, it also hopes to one day let electric cars charge as they are driven over a series of plates installed into the surface of designated lanes on the roads and highways, The Guardian reports.

The wireless charging system borrows from the concept of inductive charging, similar to the electromagnetic field technology used to charge an electric toothbrush.

Nissan's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) electric car is able to charge in a compatible parking bay without the use of wires.

Referring to its plan to put plates on the road, Nissan says that it still doesn't know the costs, the length of the designated lane, nor how long the car has to be on the lane for the battery to be recharged.

David Bott, director of innovation programs at the Technology Strategy Board, said that what's likely to happen is that at night the electric cars will be plugged while during the day, the cars will be using inductive recharging.

Nissan's ZEV is a five-seater family-sized car with a top speed of 90mph and a battery range of around 100 miles. It is set to go on sale in the US and Japan next year, before arriving in the UK and the rest of Europe by 2012. Pricing has not been announced yet.

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