TO THE EDITOR:
I started HEVO in 2011 to build a seamless charging experience that would accelerate electric vehicle adoption. In early 2021, HEVO will be the first production-ready and UL-listed wireless EV charging product designed and tested to the SAE J2954 standard.
For EVs to grow beyond early adopters, average car buyers require a much better experience, especially when it comes to charging. As summarized in a survey published in 2019 by Volvo, 29 percent of potential EV drivers indicated that wireless charging would increase their likelihood of EV purchase. Given human preference for wireless experiences, it makes sense that drivers prefer to simply park and power up.
Safety and efficiency are paramount. Fortunately, third-party standards are being set and met by companies like HEVO. The UL 2750 standard and the recently published SAE standard establish requirements for performance, safety and interoperability. In January, HEVO successfully met electromagnetic interference/electromagnetic field limits during tests administered by a third-party lab.
While the last decade has had its fits and starts when it comes to wireless charging, the conditions are ready for wireless charging to emerge and scale. Third-party standards, production readiness and a cost-competitive, robust product are finally here.
Our system is also proving to be more efficient than wired Level 2 charging, while also being the only technology equipped to serve both wired and aftermarket wireless-enabled vehicles. We believe a charging technology that is good for drivers, the grid and auto companies is ultimately what is good for EV adoption.
JEREMY McCOOL, CEO, HEVO Inc., New York City