The Europe wireless charging for electric vehicle market is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 25% during the forecast period, 2020 - 2025.
- Wireless charging is an emerging technology, which allows a vehicle to charge without plugging into a charging station. A wireless charging system consists of a ground pad that lies beneath a parked vehicle and a receiving system embedded into the underside of the PEV that connects to the vehicle’s power electronics and battery systems.
- Wireless charging is one of the best solutions available for fast electric vehicle charging, however, there are major challenges in this technology, such as increasing the wireless power transfer (WPT) range with acceptable efficiency level.
- Design and optimization of resonators play a major role in improving the system’s performance in the extended range. The frequency limit of high power WPT system has been increasing rapidly with the advent of modern semiconductor technologies, such as wideband gap devices. Therefore, factors, such as cost-effective, high-power, and near MHz WPT, would be the next step of WPT for EV charging.
- Government policies played a huge role in promoting electric vehicles. The results can be witnessed in many European countries, where electric vehicles have occupied a significant portion of the total vehicle population.Norwayand Franceare positioned to take the leading role in electric vehicle industry, owing to the supporting government policies.
Key Market Trends
Increasing Sales of Electric Vehicles Driving the Wireless Charging Demand
In 2019, Electric Vehicle (EV) and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) doesn’t perform as good as previous years sales. Approximately, 2.21 million units vehicles were sold, in 2019 in which 1.68 million are battery electric vehicles.
The European passenger plug-in vehicle market witnessed ~37,000 registrations in April 2019, growing 30% compared to the same period of 2018. In April 2019, fully electric vehicles (BEV) jumped 70% year over year (YoY), to reach ~24,000 deliveries. The BEV share of the overall auto market was 1.8%. Adding plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) to the total, the share jumps to 2.8%, and that makes the 2019 plug-in vehicle (PEV) share 3.0% so far (2.0% for BEVs alone), above the 2.5% result of 2018.
The Nissan Leaf witnessed increased sales, and reached a new cumulative sales milestone of 450,000in 2019 from its launch in 2010. For 2019, Renault Zoe, recorded a total sales of 47408 vehicles. The third position was held by Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, up 6% to over 34,597 sales.
For 2020, it is anticipated that the demand for new battery electric and plug-in hybrid models increase, as companies have plans tolaunch their new models. For instance, Audi E-tron Sportback is set to join its sibling standard E-tronby mid 2020, Skoda’s first electric car isn’t expected to go on sale by 2021, but its production version should be launched in 2020. Ford much awaited Mustang Mach-Escheduled for the third quarter of 2020.
Norway Is Leading the Electric Vehicle Demand in the Region
In 2019, the most popular market for Electric Vehicle in Europe was Norway, recorded 80,000 units of sales (+9.6%), followed by Germany at 109,000 sales (+60.3%), France at 61,000 sales (+32.6%), the Netherlands at 67,000 sales (+148%), and the United Kingdom at 73,000 sales (+21.7%).
Norway's capital Oslo will become the first city in the world to install wireless charging systems for electric taxis, hoping to make recharging quick and efficient enough to speed the take-up of non-polluting cabs. From 2023 onward all taxis in Oslo will have to be zero-emission and Norway wants all new cars to be zero-emission by 2025.
Additionally, major European market players are investing hugely in electric vehicles, For instance, Volkswagen Group investing strongly in electric vehicles. The group plans to invest around EUR 60 billion on the development including areas of hybridization, electric mobility, and digitalization between 2020 and 2024.
The European wireless charging for the electric vehicle market is consolidated but with the emergence of new startups such as Meredot, and HEVO Power making the market more competitive. As a result, companies are investing in RandD projects to provide the best wireless charging technology. For instance,
- In 2019, A Ukrainian startup Meredotlaunches a wireless charger called MePower, which can be used to charge phones, laptops, drones, and even electric cars. It utilizes magnetic fields to charge objects and it has won a major grant from the European Commission.
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