A recent technological advancement has made it possible to wirelessly charge electric ferries and vehicles, representing a significant breakthrough in the field. Prior to this, inductive charging, which does not require contact between the device and conductor, was not viable for high-powered electric vehicle batteries, limiting its use to small devices such as electric toothbrushes and some mobile phones. However, new components have been developed, enabling researchers at a Swedish university to demonstrate the feasibility of recharging urban ferries and city buses without human or robotic intervention. This development has significant implications for the future of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, improving efficiency and reducing the need for manual labor.
According to electric power engineering expert at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Professor Liu, who has played a crucial role in this breakthrough, the ability to wirelessly charge electric ferries and vehicles represents an essential advancement for the electrification of transportation systems. He suggests that a charging system could be integrated into the wharf, allowing for the charging of ferries during passenger loading and unloading at specific stops.
This method is weather and wind-independent and can be performed up to 30-40 times per day without human or robotic intervention. This innovation could accelerate the transition from diesel boats and other polluting transportation methods, enabling a more sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation system.