I drive a PHEV, I had to make that choice as the charging infrastructure in the UK, even in London, is very poor. That said huge strides are now being made, not least because of clients we are working with, such as EV-Box, are driving the charging infrastructure roll out in the UK and across Europe. There is still a long way to go, but with the choice of EV's now available, and the increase in range, I'm pretty confident my next car will be a full EV, in just 18 months time. I don't think 'range anxiety' will be an issue at all except for really high mileage drivers, so how quickly will wireless driving be a reality? Taking this to commercial viability will be a challenge I'm sure. Not just behind the scenes payment models, but the digging of roads to install infrastructure. Something to certainly keep an eye on though.
Frequent charging that involves little direct input from the driver is a vital part of driving acceptance of electric vehicles forward, Röhrl says. “We have to make recharging more practical and user-friendly,” says Röhrl. “Inductive charging technology will be a big step towards achieving this.” The company envisions the system being incorporated into public parking areas throughout cities. Equipped with Continental technology, cars will be able to identify and reserve available parking spaces, then guide cars to them and initiate the charging process while the driver attends to more important things.