Global automotive supplier DENSO is beginning a ten-month field test of its wireless battery charging system in Toyota City, Japan. The test is intended to identify any potential operational issues and look at ways to enhance the convenience of wireless charging.
For the test, DENSO has equipped a delivery truck with a power receiver that will wirelessly receive the energy from a transmission pad located on the pavement of a 7-Eleven parking lot. The electricity in the truck’s battery will be used to power the truck’s refrigeration system while the engine is stopped during pickups and deliveries.
DENSO is working to reduce the size, weight, and cost of its wireless charging system, which it plans to commercialize by 2020.