Have we really reached a low where a Mercedes owner cannot remember to plug his car in when it is not on the road?
Well, you're talking about people who buy a Mercedes.
But while induction charging is an interesting idea (it would help save cords running around the garage that can be damaged or be a hazard), it makes me wonder about other benefits of an electric-car society.
That is, in places that have started up large solar systems, you have a problem of where to store the electricity generated during the day that isn't used. And if you have an electric car, you have a battery that can store some of it. One proposal is that you take your car to work and plug it in and it becomes a general receptacle for the electricity generated during the day. Then, when you take it home at night and plug it in, it becomes a source of power for your home at night. By having a large number of electric vehicles in play, you can help manage the electric grid by using them to store power and manage capacity.
I'm not sure how inductive powering would help. My physics is failing me at the moment, but I don't think that inductive charging is as efficient (it's slower, I do know that) and to reverse the flow would require using the energy stored in the car to run the coil to transfer the energy back to the grid.
It's an interesting idea and there's no reason not to do it as a feature, but there should still be the cord for other uses.
Yeah...that wasn't that funny.
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