Frankly it's a pain to find the right battery tender or charger, and it's cumbersome to drag out the cables, extension cord and charge the bike (or car). Then, if you're like some of us, you may also forget to charge it and end up with a bad battery. Well, all that may be a thing of the past in a few months as CTEK, a company known for making high end chargers, is working on new tech that'll charge batteries wirelessly.
CTEK Corporation, one of the leading manufacturers of battery chargers has joined forces with WiTricity, the industry leader in wireless power transfer over distance. The two together are working to commercialize this tech, the wizardry of which involves wireless power transfer using magnetic resonance. The technology and patent license agreement will let CTEK mass produce charging units based on WiTricity’s patented technology.
Future plans include development of charging systems which will allow drivers to simply park the vehicle over a contact patch and charge the batteries from there. This will of course simplify the whole process for the drivers.
CTEK is expected to take the market by storm once the mass production of this new range of charging units commences. Having already established themselves as a favorite with leading manufacturers and end clients alike, it won’t be much hard for them to make their mark in this new segment.
Sounds like these product(s) will hit the aftermarket first, but hopefully these two companies will work with the manufacturers on developing some cool stuff. Is this a step towards, fast and easy charging for electric motorcycles? Maybe a development of a quick-stopp recharging infrastructure? (… Oh, and for cars too I guess.)