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Wireless charging stations coming for 2017

It’s funny how one of the stated reasons for slow EV and plug-in hybrid sales is the fact that large, cumbersome cables have to be used to recharge said vehicles. Don’t we need to connect large cumbersome hoses to our ICE cars in order to “recharge” them? 

Be that as it may, the Strategy Analytics Powertrain, Body, Safety & Chassis (Automotive Electronics) Service narrative, 2017: The "Important Year" For Wireless Charging In Electric Vehicles, studies the progress made in wireless charging technology and the future demand for this type of charging system.

In 2017, if this type of charging becomes available, it will likely be only offered by luxury car brands, as an option. We can imagine that Tesla will be at the forefront of the implementation as their customers are typically well healed (read: the option will be expensive) and early adopters. As the technology becomes standardized and more mainstream, it will trickle down to more affordable levels, for both the charging stations and the cars themselves. 

The break-in period will be the first five years, from 2017 to 2022. By then, the availability and demand for the technology will have grown to a level where it will be implemented on a larger scale.