As the electric vehicle (EV) market

continues to grow at a rapid rate, so

does the demand for chargers to keep

them fully powered at all times. This

makes perfect sense, especially for

anyone who owns an EV. Yet because

more companies are making them, more

consumers will want to buy them.

With more EV owners comes more

people who need to charge their

vehicles. That’s going to be a problem.

You may be confused as to why that’s a problem. After all, we want more people to buy EVs. But this increase will soon overwhelm the few charging stations that are currently out there. There simply aren’t enough that exist to prevent overcrowding, nor are more being built fast enough. It also doesn’t help that most who use charging stations are guilty of just leaving their EVs there long after they’re fully charged. So it’s clear that something needs to change- and that could very well happen.

According to Engadget, car manufacturers Hyundai and Kia are addressing the issue of consumers leaving their EVs to charge for far longer than what’s necessary.  Their solution is to create a system where an EV is automatically guided to a wireless charging station, and then- upon being fully charged- drives away. That then frees up a spot for another EV, meaning that more can be charged in a single day.

This was revealed in a concept video released on Hyundai’s YouTube channel. In the video, viewers can see how Hyundai and Kia want to take wireless charging, and combine it with their Automated Valet Parking System. An accompanying app will tell the owner if a public charger is in the building, and then the owner can send a command to get their EV to the available charger. The EV is promptly charged with wireless magnetic induction until it reaches full capacity. At that point, it will move to an empty parking spot automatically so that another can take its place. The owner will know when their EV is charged and moved because they’ll receive a real-time update through the app. They can even have their vehicle summoned to them with the app if they so wish

The entire process is a cool concept for sure. However, it’s exactly that- a concept. There’s not much more to it other than that. Unfortunately for those interested in this becoming a reality, it’s important to remember that it won’t happen overnight. Another important thing to keep in mind is that Hyundai and Kia could change their mind on making this concept become a reality.

So, when could this actually happen? According to Hyundai and Kia, it wouldn’t be for quite some time. They said in the announcement that they’re, “considering on commercializing the technology upon the launch of level 4 autonomous vehicles around year 2025.” Having to wait over six years isn’t great, especially if it’s not guaranteed to ever come to be. But perhaps it will all be worth it in the end.

Source: Engadget

YouTube Video (via Hyundai)

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