Charging stations are changing the way we think about the electric vehicle and about our own homes. Home charging stations are already a norm in many homes. They are all-in-one, they have a long life, and they are more affordable than you might think. Tesla lead the way with the announcement of the Powerwall. Then there are chargers for our EV's, both in our garage and at charging stations. But the most exciting developements are happening in wireless charging systems which enable vehicles to charge while on the road.
Powerwall by Tesla
These batteries are solar integrated. They capture the sun's abundant energy and power while reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Energy products like these allow us to extend electric technology beyond the electric car and into the home. Fostering clean energy in our homes and creating an ecosystem fueled by sunlight has bee a dream and is now a reality in many homes. These batteries are built to be mounted inside or outside. They are built durable, are safe, integrate with most of your home devices and are fairly simply to install.
Wireless Charging Stations
It would appear that the more developed wireless charging systems revolve around parking bays and charging pads, but there are talks of wireless charging systems covering specific lengths of a motorway. You heard me right, entire lanes and pieces of a highway as one big charging pad. Now this, "charge as you drive" idea, if possible, is the holly grail in charging station technology. Let’s not forget the home charging market which has the potential to grow significantly in the short, medium and longer term. How easy would it be to park up your car and recharge via a built-in wireless charging pad?
Charging Stations (Grid)
The charging station network is being developed as we speak. There are new stations popping up all along national highways and in or near existing convenience stations. These stations are also turning traditional establishments like grocery stores and restaurants into re-charging stations. A clear focus is the charge time it take to fully charge an electric vehicle. The current technology does allow for a quick "fill up". So charging stations must be sprinkled throughout various destinations so that EV owners can "trickle-charge" throughout the day.