Global Wireless EV Charging Growth Opportunities
2021 has been a strong year for electric vehicle (EV) sales, with 6.8 million units sold and 9.5% global market penetration, outperforming industry expectations. Despite the impact of chip shortages on production, the industry exceeded 100% YoY growth. Conductive (wired) charging infrastructure grew to more than 500,000 charge points in 2021. The top 5 countries (excluding China) were the US, the Netherlands, France, Germany, and the UK. These include AC/DC, public, and private charge points. As of 2022, the wireless or inductive EV charging market is still in a nascent phase because of a lack of global standards, safety regulations, and established business models. Conductive charging infrastructure is also underdeveloped. Hence, the most likely adopters of wireless EV charging will be premium/luxury EV manufacturers offering it as an add-on feature and the commercial mobility sector. About 90% of wireless charging will be stationary as dynamic (under-road) WEVC requires large-scale investment and an infrastructure overhaul. Of the stationary wireless chargers, 80% will be in private locations, while 20% will be available to the public. They will likely use charging pads rather than underground WPT devices.
Hyundai-Kia’s premium sub-brand Genesis is launching its all-new EV called GV60, built on the E-GMP pure electric platform. The GV60 will offer factory-installed WEVC as an optional feature. The WEVC system on the Genesis GV60 will be based on Witricity’s wireless charging technology, which is also J2954-compliant. This is a potential business model for WEVC penetration, particularly into the premium EV market and possibly mass-market EVs, as Witricity endeavors to drive down costs.
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