Envision Solar International Inc., which produces infrastructure products for electric vehicle charging, filed a patent today with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its new wireless-capable EV ARC product. The patent-pending Inductive EV ARC will be able to charge electric vehicles via a wireless receiver without plugging the vehicle in with a charging cable.
The new product will be equipped with a wireless power transmitter installed in the baseplate of the unit, which delivers electrical energy to charge the EV’s batteries through the air. Transmitters can be integrated into the product rather than requiring further disruptive construction and electrical work when installing a similar grid-tied transmitter into a parking space.
Operators using the Inductive EV ARC™ will park on the EV ARC as usual. The inductive charge will start automatically. To disengage the charging process, the vehicle operator may simply drive away.
“This latest patent-pending product will enable us to deliver even more ease and convenience to our customers,” Envision CEO Desmond Wheatley said. “As an EV driver myself, I’m thrilled by the idea of powering my car with sunshine wirelessly and with no effort.”
Envision believes inductive or wireless charging will deliver a new level of convenience and security for its government and enterprise customers. And as autonomous vehicles become more widely adopted, the company said, the requirement for EV charging that does not require human intervention will become acute.