SystemX Researchers are Tackling the Problem of How to Charge a Moving Vehicle

Thu, 05/31/2018

"Even as the automotive industry hurtles toward meeting more immediate challenges, a team of electrical engineering students at Stanford University has taken a decidedly more futuristic approach.

Under the direction of Prof. Shanhui Fan, they are among those who have envisioned dynamic charging of a vehicle — sending power to a moving car using transmitting devices either along the roadway or embedded in it.

So far, the Stanford researchers have been able to send consistent power to a moving light bulb.

The team’s vision is very much blue-sky, Professor Fan allowed; he wouldn’t even guess a date for commercial real-world dynamic charging.

'We are in our labs pushing for higher power levels,' said Professor Fan, who drives a Prius. 'Maybe we can get a prototype going in a few years.'"


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