Fulton Innovations brings wireless car charging to CES
Jan 27, 2011
Just when we thought the wireless charging was going to be left solely to the cell phone, Fulton Innovations came in and stole the hearts of electric car owners everywhere with their wireless car charging. Armed with a Tesla Roadster, Fulton demonstrated an 80% efficiency using a receiver coil mounted underneath the front of the car. This coil is then connected to the car’s charging plug with the use of a wire, illustrating that any electric vehicle can make good use of the wireless charging.
The device allows the vehicle to be within a two feet radius of the charger in order to pick up the current and it also allows for data to go back and forth between the car and the charging station which ensures the system will shut off once the car has been fully charged. The best part of all this is that the technology costs less than $100 in raw materials.
With a wall plug providing 96% efficiency and a fully integrated wireless system providing close to 89%, this technology still has a bit to go, but Fulton’s director of advanced technology, Dave Baarman, believes that they could get closer to their target efficiency with more research and development.