Ok Tesla - we're looking forward to a better one for Model S.
I disagree. I bought the Tesla to be efficient. Wireless charging as far as i know is less efficient then plugging in. I wouldn't take the hit to save a few seconds. I realize lazy Americans might want this, but really how lazy is lazy?
Wireless charging is 20-30% less efficient, over the course of a year that is ~$500-$1000 to save 30 seconds every 2-3 days...seriously?
It also costs 3K or more to get installed, waste of money, when compared to home/SC charging.
It should also degauss any credit cards left in the car.
@ campsalvage, you may want to consider the Model S' 2%-3% daily battery loss when it's not plugged-in. That hurts the car's efficiency.
Should be reduced to 0.1%/day in the next update or so.
Speaking of which, has anyone heard any updates on when that fix was coming out? The last I saw discussed was generally summer time frame. Is that still a current estimate?
Wireless charging is a terrible idea.
Inductive charging is interesting, but as others have said wasteful, not cost effective and therefore grossly unappealing to me. The flip side is EV battery technology was inefficient and costly until someone decided to develop and refine it.
I think inductive charging is a waste of time at present but will likely proliferate in 10 years (pure guess) or so. I try to be as open minded about it as I was with EVs....but it's hard :P
Having wireless charging doesn't improve the efficiency of vampire drain. The drain is there because the car is on 24 7. As stated that will go away with a software update. Early adopters do have some drawbacks. Still good enough for me.
I think inductive charging will take off in a few specific scenarios almost exclusively in the commercial domain. Fr example an airport terminal shuttle bus withan inductive charging dock at each of its stops could fully charge overnight then top off by inductive charging each time it stops allowing into travel far further then its base range through a day, of course meaning a smaller battery pack and therefore lower cost. For residential it just doesn't make sense, the cost of the infrastructure will never outweigh the minimal inconvenience of plugging in every few days.