Tesla teased a wi-fi house charging answer throughout its Investor Day presentation held earlier this week on the firm’s gigafactory in Austin, Texas. The tease was simple to overlook, because it appeared on display just for a short while throughout Tesla Head of International Charging Infrastructure Rebecca Tinucci’s presentation on the corporate’s work round charging and its fashionable supercharger community.
The tease appeared on a slide Tinucci was utilizing on the finish of her presentation to remind everybody that Tesla would not “neglect to do cool s***.” One aspect of the slide confirmed a rendering of a Tesla Diner that appeared like a enjoyable place to hang around whereas your automobile is charging. We have identified for some time that Tesla intends to construct out some supercharger places into locations like this the place you may as well get meals and leisure.
The opposite aspect of the slide, although, confirmed a rendering of a Mannequin S parked in a storage. Mounted on the wall was a big Tesla-branded charger we have not seen earlier than. A black cable could be seen popping out of the underside of the charger, however it would not attain to the automobile’s cost port. As an alternative it travels to the bottom and throughout the ground to what seems to be a big wi-fi charging pad beneath the Mannequin S.
The concept of wi-fi charging your EV has been round for some time, however automakers have not closely pursued because it a viable answer for finish customers. Some fleet prospects try to make the expertise work for zero emission busses, and Genesis can be growing a wi-fi charging answer for its EVs with an organization known as WiTricity. If Tesla have been to come back out with a wi-fi charger for house use, the Tesla devoted would possible assure its widespread adoption immediately.
The principle concern with wi-fi charging, notably with batteries as giant as these in EVs, is that charging speeds are comparatively gradual in comparison with wired chargers, notably DC quick chargers. Tesla’s tease did not reveal something about charging speeds for its answer, however because it seems in a house storage, the speeds would possible be decrease than a DC quick charger you’d discover on the firm’s Superchargers and extra in keeping with Stage 2 charging speeds.
What say you? Are you dying for a wi-fi charging answer in your storage, or is plugging in a cable for a bit quicker velocity not a giant deal?