Fiat Trials Wireless EV Charging

Thu 16th Jun 2022

The stress of finding a electric vehicle charging point before your car’s battery runs dry is one which more and more drivers are coming to terms with as the nation converts to EV over petrol or diesel.

And while the range on most modern EVs should be more than comfortable enough to handle even the most chunky of journeys, a development team at Fiat are hoping to take the worry away altogether.

The Italian brand have developed a technology called Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer (DWPT), which sees a system of coils placed close to the surface of the road, these coils can directly transfer energy to the car, in this instance a Fiat 500, via a receiver. The solution, which has been trialled successfully at Stellantis’ new Arena of the Future circuit, can maintain a car’s charge, even whilst travelling at motorway speeds.

Fiat have claimed that the technology will extend EV range but will also have environmental benefits as wireless charging will negate the need for the aluminium cables traditionally used to charge an electric car.

“We have proven that inductive recharging technology can power our electrified future,” said Anne-Lise Richard, Head of Global e-Mobility Business Unit at Stellantis. 

“These joint projects are exciting steps as we work to achieve longer battery lifespan, lower range anxiety, greater energy efficiency, smaller battery size, outstanding performance and lower weight and cost.”

For those who are worried about the prospect of radiation from using their mobile phone too much, the idea of cars travelling over large magnet charging circuits may be a concern, however, Fiat are quick to point out that they have also measured the magnetic field intensity on driver and passengers.