The wireless charging system fully charged a class 8 electric truck in less than 15 minutes, according to Ideanomics.
"We're showing that today, right now, electric heavy-duty vehicles can operate 24/7, "topping off" their charge while the work is happening," says Robin Mackie, Ideanomics Mobility president. "The benefits of this technology are crystal clear — fleet operators become more efficient by cutting out vehicle downtime otherwise spent filling up or plugging a central depot."
Construction and charger installation at the Port of Los Angeles is underway, and Ideanomics said it expects the first 500kW charger to enter service in 2023. Supported by an $8.4 million U.S. Department of Energy grant, the WAVE 500kW charger is being deployed as part of a consortium project, according to the news release.
To help further accelerate the deployment of wireless charging, Ideanomics said it is offering an "As a Service" model. Enabled by the IRA, an e-commerce company is partnering with Ideanomics to deploy wireless charging and electric vehicles on a subscription basis.