Vehicle Electronics and Architecture (VEA) & Cyber

Wireless Charging for Autonomous Electric Vehicles

by Oly Jeon-Chapman; Ron Fiorello and Ronnie L. Wright; Ph.D.


Charging an autonomous electric vehicle can be a challenge using the traditional cable and connector approach. This paper explores various methods for the charging of batteries used in autonomous electric vehicles. One such method, an alternative to the traditional “contact” approach, utilizes a noncontacting power transfer technology that is based on magnetic induction and resonance principles. The paper examines various methods for the application of battery energy replenishment. A proposed charging station with design objectives is discussed, along with how well each of the battery energy replenishment methods would meet the proposed autonomous electric vehicle charging station requirements.