Oak Ridge National Laboratory partners with UPS to make wireless chargers for trucks
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has teamed up with United Parcel Service to make wireless electric chargers. UPS says it already has nearly 10,000 hybrid delivery vehicles in its fleet!
The key feature of the chargers is that drivers can charge the trucks wirelessly. Dr. Omer Onar's team was able to charge a UPS delivery truck with an 11-inch air gap between two couplers. He said that's the longest charge for an industrial application like this.
"So with the wireless power transfer, you don't have to plug it into the vehicle. Having this flexibility on the truck can actually get them where they need to be in terms of independence on the power grid," said Dr. Omer Onar with the ORNL.
The chargers could soon be used to help power UPS factories as well. When the drivers are done for the day the power from the charger will be used to power the factory making it more cost-effective for the company.