The future of electric vehicles is bright, and there is no way to deny it. With increasing sales and improved technology, electric vehicles’ popularity is growing exponentially, and the need for efficient and reliable charging infrastructure is increasing as well. EV chargers are evolving to meet the needs of electric vehicle owners by introducing innovative features that make charging faster, convenient, and cost-effective. This blog has outlined the top five innovative EV chargers expected to launch in 2023. Whether you are a current EV owner or are planning to purchase one soon, this blog post will give insight on the future of EV charging technology.
Autonomous charging robots
It’s 2023, and we are already in the era of smart robots, even for charging electric vehicles. Autonomous charging robots are set to revolutionize the EV charging infrastructure by enabling cars to charge themselves without human intervention physically. The technology, which is being developed by Volkswagen and Mobile, comprises a charging mechanism that docks with a robotic arm that attaches to an electric vehicle’s charging port conveniently. All the driver does is park the vehicle, and the robot does the rest.
Bidirectional EV Chargers
Bidirectional chargers allow an EV owner to charge their vehicle and, at the same time, transfer electricity from the car’s battery to the grid. This technology is known as vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology and enables EV owners to earn money by sharing energy with the grid. In 2023, we expect to see the prevalence of bidirectional EV chargers increase, with Nissan launching its charging station capable of both charging and discharging energy from a car’s battery.
Solar-powered charging points
One of the primary reasons people switch to EVs is to reduce their impact on the environment. In 2023, we will see EV infrastructure providers increasingly adopt renewable energy by installing solar-powered charging points. This technology uses solar panels to generate electricity, which is stored in the charging point’s battery and used to power electric vehicles directly. With solar-powered charging points, EV owners can charge their vehicles more sustainably and with less impact on the grid.
Ultrafast charging technology
One of the significant barriers to EV adoption is the time it takes to charge a car fully. However, with ultrafast charging technology, charging times will be reduced to just minutes. Some of the top EV companies, such as Porsche and Tesla, are already developing 800-volt systems that can charge a car in 15 to 20 minutes. In 2023, we expect to see more ultrafast charging stations introduced to the market, making charging more convenient than ever.
Wireless EV charging is a game-changer in EV charging technology. This technology uses induction technology to transfer electricity through an air gap between two coils—a transmitter coil in the charging station and a receiver coil in the car—allowing charging to happen without messy cables. With this induction charging technology, EV owners can park their cars over a wireless charging pad and charge their vehicles automatically. In 2023, we will see wireless charging mats become more widely available for homes and public charging stations.
As the electric vehicle market continues to grow and mature, the EV charging infrastructure must keep up with the times. By introducing innovative technologies like autonomous charging robots, bidirectional charging, solar-powered charging points, ultrafast charging, and wireless charging, the future of EV infrastructure is set to become more reliable, efficient, and user-friendly. While it’s exciting to watch these new innovations coming to life, it’s important to remember that any technological breakthrough requires infrastructure support and investment. Therefore, we urge governments, regulators, and businesses to collaborate and invest in EV infrastructure technologies that can support this exciting EV future.