Inductive EV Charging To Grow 126 Percent By 2020

Inductive charging is a technology that is poised to gain in popularity. Companies involved will increasingly partner with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) at the testing phase to enhance the value of their products, said Frost & Sullivan in a new analysis revealed June 5.

This new analysis from Frost & Sullivan, titled Strategic Analysis of Inductive Charging for Global Electric Vehicles (EV) Market, finds that the total market for inductive charging is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 126.6 percent between 2012 and 2020, with approximately 351,900 units likely to be sold.

The same analysis found inductive charging will account for 1.2 percent of both public and residential charging in North America and more than 2.6 percent in Europe. Residential charging will be the most popular method, accounting for more than 70 percent of the overall charging.

Frost & Sullivan’s researchers believe the market for inductive charging will grow the fastest in Europe, due to a number of demonstration projects conducted by government bodies, OEMs, and charging station manufacturers.

“OEMs such as Renault, Nissan, Daimler, Volvo, BMW and Toyota are working on the development of inductive charging for future EVs, and more than 10 automakers have announced trial tests,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive and Transportation Senior Research Analyst Prajyot Sathe. “As a result, inductive charging will soon be available in cars either as an additional feature or as an inbuilt feature.”

Currently, inductive charging is offered as an aftermarket solution with attractive financing options, stated Frost & Sullivan, but the cost of purchasing and installing an inductive charging solution is approximately 30 percent higher than that of conductive charging. The time taken to charge is also longer, reducing the feasibility of what would otherwise be the most convenient way of charging EVs.

To overcome these challenges, market participants from across the value chain are partnering with OEMs to gain further opportunities for research and development, said the research firm. Large companies are acquiring smaller companies to strengthen their product portfolio.

“While in the short-term 3.3 kilowatts inductive charging will be widely accepted to enable residential and semi-public charging, with time, vehicles will tilt towards 6.6 kilowatts to enable faster charging,” said Sathe. “Inductive charging in stationary applications will also be most sought after in the near-term, whereas dynamic or on-the-move charging will gain traction post-2020.”