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A Review of Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles: Prospects to Enhance Sustainable Mobility

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October 1, 2016

Wireless power transfer (WPT), which transmits power by an electromagnetic field across an intervening space, provides the prospect of new opportunities for electric vehicles (EVs) to enhance sustainable mobility. This review article evaluates WPT technology for EV applications from both technical and sustainability perspectives. The objectives of this review include: (1) to present the state-of-the-art technical progress and research bottlenecks in WPT development and applications in the transportation sector; (2) to characterize the demonstrations of the real-world deployment of WPT EV systems; and (3) to evaluate the sustainable performance and identify challenges and opportunities for improvement. From the technical perspective, progress on coil design, compensation topologies, and power electronics converters and control methods are reviewed with a focus on system performance. From the sustainability perspective, performance is defined in terms of energy, environmental, and economic metrics, and policy drivers and issues of health and safety are also examined.

Chunting (Chris) Mi
Tianze Kan
Yiming Zhang
Zhengming Zhao
Research Areas
Mobility Systems
Electric vehicle, Energy efficiency, Environmental impact, Sustainability, Wireless charging, Wireless power transfer
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Journal Article
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Bi, Zicheng, Tianze Kan, Chunting Chris Mi, Yiming Zhang, Zhengming Zhao, and Gregory A. Keoleian. (2016) “A Review of Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles: Prospects to Enhance Sustainable Mobility.” Applied Energy 179: 413–425.