Lightning eMotors have announced a collaboration with wireless charging provider HEVO. Lightning started out as a specialist company helping automakers convert existing platforms into electric vehicles and have since branched out into producing their own EVs. Lightning’s collaboration with HEVO is set to implement wireless charging throughout its range of fleet vehicles which will be demonstrated in Q1 2023. The initial solution will feature 8kW charging, although this is expected to expand to 11 kW, 50 kW, and eventually 100-300 kW.
Wireless charging of EV’s holds many benefits for the purpose of fleet vehicles. An important note is the ease of recharging, knowing that the vehicle will have been charged for its next use, and potential future autonomy and labour saving compared with connector-based charging, which will make it more appealing for fleet operators to invest in wireless charging systems. SAR predict that use in fleet vehicles will be one of the first steps toward the widespread adoption of wireless EV charging. SAR has recently released an update to its Wireless Power and Charging service, adding granularity to the coverage of EVs and LEVs, expanding to forecast wireless charging for eleven different categories of EVs and LEVs.