Hundreds of tiny gerbils on a treadmill....

On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 6:10 PM, WILTON via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
wrote:

> How dey gonna do dat?  Lemme be quick to admit that my thoughts on the
> subject are stuck on my 1950's to '80's engineering training.  Isn't the
> car gonna need a secondary transformer coil mounted on its underside, with
> it's weight to haul around ALL the time, or are there modern electronic
> devices that can do dat sans the weight (well, much less weight, anyway)?
>
> Wilton
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes" <
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> Subject: [MBZ] EV Charging sans a cord
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>  ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Developers aim to ax cord for plug-in cars Published:
>> Monday, June 1, 2015
>>
>> Toyota Motor Corp. has teamed up with a Boston-based technology company to
>> make plugging in electric cars a thing of the past.
>>
>> WiTricity, which comes out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
>> envisions a world where electric vehicles would park over charging pads
>> located in lots or garages that would wirelessly transmit energy to a
>> receiver on the undercarriage of the vehicle.
>>
>> "I'll have it in my kitchen counter, my bedside table, probably my coffee
>> table," CEO Alex Gruzen said. "And throughout my day, I'll be casually
>> topping off my devices with this quick 'energy snacking.' The same thing
>> will happen in the automotive space, because when you park, it'll just
>> charge, and you won't be thinking about it."
>>
>> WiTricity isn't the only company working on wireless charging for electric
>> cars, but it is notable in that it has already raised $45 million, with
>> Toyota as an early investor. The two companies also agreed on a licensing
>> agreement in 2013, and Toyota has field-tested the equipment.
>>
>> The car company hopes to include the new technology as an option on its
>> plug-in Prius, according to Gruzen. A Toyota spokeswoman declined to
>> detail
>> any specific plans.
>>
>> Honda Motor Co. is also using WiTricity to recharge a Fit EV at one of its
>> "smart homes" near Tokyo. And other auto suppliers like Delphi Corp. have
>> licensed WiTricity's technology.
>>
>> Proponents are hoping the simplicity of remote charging will win over
>> skeptics who don't want to worry about physically plugging in their car
>> everywhere they park.
>> "I grew up when phones had cords," Gruzen said. "I still to this day think
>> of it as a cordless phone. But to my kids, it's just a phone. They've
>> never
>> known phones with cords. So when we are talking about wireless charging, I
>> think in five years it'll just be charging. It'll just be what you do"
>> (David R. Baker, *San Francisco Chronicle*
>> <
>> http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Floor-pad-could-cut-the-cord-for-electric-cars-6295664.php
>> >,
>> May 29)
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