I wonder what the chances are that the Model 3 will have wireless charging when it becomes available? I certainly hope this will be an option.
Not an option. The amounts of power are very large, such that the size and weight of coils required to transfer it... you really don't want that crap in your car.
More to the point, Tesla is already working on a better solution to the problem that wireless charging solves - the snakebot. You don't need to plug it in, a robot does autonomously.
Notice how this OP has a five (5) after it? That's because it is the fifth post w/ this title. Tip: volkerize.com has searching using Google's "site" feature.
@archvillain: .....and it is much SLOWER, make the car heaver (definitely not a good idea) and would cost much more on your power bill.;)
Wireless charging isn't bad, I get it but how lazy are we really? You can't grab a plug and walk 3-5 feet? Not to mention the efficiency is so much greater at this point and isn't that what this whole thing is really about?
Thanks for the replies. I will take that off my wish list.
I think it's all about SOLAR FREAKIN' ROADWAYS... but seriously if we had wireless charging in the car pool lane, that would be sweet!
Maybe the requirements are too challenging, but I was sure hoping that it might be offered. I love the qi charging feature of my smart phone. Constantly plugging and un-plugging cords eventually causes wear and associated problems.
Apart form the changes you would need to make to the car itself, just imagine what it would cost you to install the other part of this wireless charging system. Also, you would end up with a power line on the floor of your garage to power the charging system. Nothing like a tripping hazard in your garage.
What about this technology?
Nothing to do with wireless charging, but that's cool : http://tinyurl*com/qfbj2kx
There is a company that sells wireless charging kits for the Leaf, and I believe they recently started selling them for MS. I would be very surprised if they didn't come out with a M3 version shortly after the cars start shipping.
Wireless charging would be inductive charging. That would becquite slow and low current, so not a real a practical option. We'll just have to plug the car in overnight and use the 240 Volt electricity when its least costly (after 11pm).
Oak Ridge National Labs just demoed a 20kW inductive vehicle charger with a 90% efficiency. They hope to achieve 50 kW soon and they foresee it working while in motion (though obviously the infrastructure would have to be in place.)
Oak Ridge National Labs just demoed a 20kW inductive vehicle charger with a 90% efficiency
And, as a bonus, if stand between the car and the charger you can get a tan on your legs and cook your lunch at the same time :)
@PBEndo: Key word is 'demoed'. There are 100's of revolutionary battery announcements and demoes every year. However Lit-ion is still chugging along at about 1/100 of Mooer's law.
If we all dream hard enough, maybe it will happen :)..........
Wireless charging will be there, but it will likely be through a third party. It already exists for the Model S, but I've never heard of anybody getting it. I think it's more likely that we will see a robotic mating solution than a wireless one.