4Q 2018

The Disruptive Potential of Wireless EV Charging

The market for EVs has been growing steadily during the last decade, and the prospects look good for stronger growth in the future for both consumer and commercial vehicle electrification. Governments at all levels are passing legislation for cleaner air and offering support for the development of more efficient electric transportation. Investment in battery mass production has been a key factor in lowering EV costs, and wider availability of charging infrastructure is another powerful motivator for the market.

Wireless charging has been under development for about 2 decades and is at the point where global standards are ready for final approval with the agreement of all the major players. Increased convenience is the initial driver of consumer sales, but the adoption of wireless charging by fleets also has the potential to influence future EV design. Both static and dynamic charging have enormous potential beyond simply eliminating the chore of plugging and unplugging cables.

This Guidehouse Insights report examines the current state of wireless charging for EVs. It provides an overview of the key players operating in the market today and examines some recent new entrants. The study also explores the potential benefits of successful technology investment and how this technology might influence the nature of EVs in the future. Detailed and actionable recommendations are provided on how charging station and vehicle manufacturers can make the most of this emerging technology.

Pages 18
Tables | Charts | Figures 4
  • What is the key technology being developed for the wireless EV charging market?
  • Which companies are developing wireless EV charging?
  • What are the drivers for wireless EV charging infrastructure?
  • Why should large companies invest in wireless charging technology specialists?
  • What actions must firms take to prepare for the coming rollout of wireless charging?
  • What effects could wireless charging have on the EV market?
  • City managers
  • Fleet managers
  • EV charging suppliers
  • Energy utility companies
  • Energy supply firms
  • Automotive OEMs
  • Tier One suppliers
  • Investor community




Wireless Charging Is Transitioning from R&D to Production

Inductive Coupling Is Core to Wireless EV Charging

Magnetic Resonance Makes Inductive Coupling Practical for Vehicles

Scaling Wireless Charging for Multiple Vehicle Types Is a Challenge

Tests Focus on Wireless Solutions for Public Uses

Standards Consolidating, Enabling Technical Advances

Auto Industry Supply Chain Integration Is Slow but Underway

ELIX Wireless

Evatran Plugless Power

HEVO Power

Momentum Dynamics


Wave IPT


Suppliers Behind Target to Bring Wireless to Market




Delphi Technologies

Premium Automakers First to Produce Wireless Option

Wireless Charging Can Influence the EV Market

Convenience and Safety Can Be Marketed to Warrant Price Premium

Emerging Auto Industry Disruptions Portend Advantages for Wireless

Dynamic Wireless Charging Has High Costs and Compelling Advantages

Efficiency Is Critical to Long-Term Success

Wireless Capacity Limited by Onboard AC Charger

Forecast for Wireless EV Charging Is Strong

Alternatives to Wireless Charging Abound

EV Industry Should Prepare for Disruption and Acquisition

Boost Awareness of Wireless Charging via Experts with Avenues to Consumers

Test Wireless Charging Grid Integration Potential

Develop Dynamic Charging to Speed EV Market Development Cycle

Avoid Future Costs by Preparing Now

Position for Acquisition

Support the Bright Future of EVs and Wireless

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