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The Future of Electric Cars Could be Wireless Power Transmission

Recently, the Electronic Vehicle Symposium 27 was held in Barcelona. This conference presented a platform for exploring wireless technology, which has been a major subject in most headlines. Wireless charging is a topic that is still in need of more education and careful thought. Two major companies, Brusa, and Qualcomm displayed wireless solutions in the conference. Qualcomm is an American start-up while Brusa is a Swiss company that has many years of experience in engineering of electric vehicles. It is essential to get an overview and a basic understanding of wireless charging.

While everyone talks of wireless charging, that might actually not be the accurate term to use of the technology in question. This charging actually entails transmission of wireless power between a transmitting coil and a receiving coil through a magnetic field. The process of charging is unique, and starts when the car’s coil has changed the energy received in the form of electricity. It is essential for the parking pad to be somewhat large. A larger parking pad works better since the device should be quite tolerant to misalignment. The parking pad displayed by Brusa was thicker and larger compared to that of Qualcomm. The outlook of the Brusa unit was tough and industrial, while that of Qualcomm was more of home equipment. It was evident that the American corporation focused most energy and time towards design. A wide range of car receivers were also displayed by the American company.

With respect to safety, the representatives of both Brusa and Qualcomm said that their charging systems were safe. Both had a built-in obstacle-detecting device. If the device sees something interfering, the magnetic field is instantly switched off. Since both companies carried out several outdoor and indoor tests, safety ought not to be an issue in the future. Wireless Power Technology (WTP), commonly referred to as wireless charging is still a technology that is add-on. There is the tendency for all electric vehicles to have standard plugs. These plugs are somehow same as those applicable to computers. Nowadays, wireless Internet is available everywhere, but an Ethernet port is still present in most computers for emergency uses. It is evident that the cost of electric vehicles will rise because of wireless power transmission. Efficiency will also be an issue.

The fans of electric cars have proudly claimed that the efficiency of an electric motor is higher than that of a combustion engine. Generally, future electric-vehicle drivers may embrace wireless power transmission because of its convenience. However, cost and efficiency are major obstacles to its adoption.


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Saleen Introduces the “Saleen 7,” a Revolutionary Electric Supercar

Saleen 7 is perhaps one of the fastest street cars to be released by Saleen. This Ford-based street car is characterized by a big twin-turbo V-8 and 750 horsepower with a capability of zero to 62 mph in only 3.2 seconds. It is theoretically possible for it to attain 248 mph. Among the major achievements of the company was the Mustang soop-up. The soop-up process should definitely pick up following the announcement of the new model. An electric car is Saleen’s next project. There are numerous advantages associated with electric vehicles and hybrid cars in comparison to conventional gasoline cars.

According to Auto moguls such as Elon Musk, Henrik Fisker, the late Carroll Shelby, Reeves Callaway and many more, a car’s performance should be equated with its environmental impact. There are times when a car may fail to achieve at both categories as was the case with Fisker Karmer. Model S’s runway success will definitely inspire more announcements such as that of Saleen 7. According to the company’s CEO, Steven Saleen, it is undoubtedly evident that electric cars are the trend rather than a fad. The company has plans to manufacture electric vehicles with the purpose of increasing the range of automobiles for consumers. The CEO further added that Saleen 7 would be revolutionary in terms of mechanics and aesthetics. The fans of Saleen were asked to get rid of preconceived expectations and notions.

Speculations suggest that Saleen plans to make two-seater cars. According to Motor Trend, the void left by the discontinuation of Tesla Roadstar could be filled by an electric vehicle sports car from Saleen. The basis of such a vehicle could be the company’s S5S Raptor Concept. Another example of having-it-all supercars is Porsche’s $845,000 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid cars. The company claims that the range of the car is 18 miles at up to 93 mph speed.

The introduction of electric vehicle supercars is prevalent, especially in Europe. The $540,000 SLS AMG Electric Drive/E-Cell was shown off by Mercedes in Paris. The car is characterized by a 60-kilowatt-hour pack, four wheels and a gigantic 552 kilowatts tap in combination with a torque of 738-pound feet. Most people should expect Tesla, a Mercedes partner, to introduce this car. However, this could be a wrong notion because Tesla has been said to have stake ownership currently. Tesla is being changed by all the performance/luxury marques because of the prestige factor, as well as its sales numbers.



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