Cornell Engineering Professor Khurram Afridi wants you to be able to power-up your vehicle simply by changing lanes and driving over a charging strip.

Afridi and the Cornell team are developing a wireless power transfer system: Two insulated metal plates are planted on the ground and connected to a power line through a matching network and a high-frequency inverter. The setup creates oscillating electric fields that attract and repel charges in a pair of matching metal plates attached to the underside of a vehicle. A high-frequency current is generated through a circuit on the vehicle, and the rectified current then charges the battery.

 The innovative approach potentially supports the wireless charging of electric vehicles, autonomous forklifts and other mobile machines, while they remain in motion.

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