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SAE WPT Taskforce urges FCC to move on commercialization of wireless charging

SAE International’s Wireless Power Transfer and Alignment Task Force, SAE J2954, is urging the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to act to support the commercialization of wireless charging operating in the frequency band of 79 kHz to 90 kHz as well as type approval based on SAE J2954 standards as well as ANSI C63.3. 

The SAE task force consists of more than 150 international experts representing automakers, suppliers, users, national laboratories, and government agencies.

In a letter sent on behalf of the taskforce to FCC Secretary Marlene Dortch, Jesse Schneider, CEO/CTO ZEV-Station, LLC and Chair, SAE Wireless Power Transfer & Alignment, urges the Commission to adopt a radiated emission limit of 82.8 dBμA/m under Part 18 from 79 kHz to 90 kHz when utilizing a measurement distance of 10 meters. (SAE J2954 Radiated EMI Limit Proposal)

The task force also urges the Commission to support the testing methodologies specified in the ANSI C63.30 standard through the issuance of OET guidance.

Should the Commission act on its proposal to adopt new internal electric field limits between 3 kHz and 10 MHz, the task force further requests that the Commission update KDB 680106 to indicate that magnetic field reference level measurements at or below 27 μT, in accordance with ICNIRP 2010, are sufficient to show compliance in the frequency range of 79 kHz to 90 kHz. Finally, the SAE J2954 task force requests that the FCC allows “Type” accreditation for WPT-EV Ground Assembly systems.

—Letter to the FCC

Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles (WPT-EV) is an automated and touchless charging method that transfers power across an airgap from a Ground Assembly (GA) to a Vehicle Assembly (VA) and then rectifies that power into DC voltage to charge the vehicle batteries. WPT-EV systems operate at similar efficiencies to plug-in charging with tests showing actual grid-to-battery efficiency that often exceeds 90%.

As one issue in the broad-scale adoption of electric vehicles is the accessibility and acceptance of charging infrastructure, some in the industry expect that the availability of wireless charging systems could drive EV acceptance.

This technology offers the customer a seamless charging experience as they simply park at an enabled parking location and the vehicle is automatically charged without the need for driver intervention. For wireless charging systems, there is no requirement for the driver to remember to plug in or mess with any heavy or dirty cables, Schneider notes in the letter.

The wireless power transfer portion of a system includes only local energy transfer with no communication occurring at the resonant power transfer frequency. The frequency range of operation, 79 kHz to 90 kHz, was carefully selected by several Standard Development Organizations (SDOs) including SAE J2954, ISO 19363, IEC 61980, and the Chinese GB/T 38775.4 standards for its low probability for electromagnetic interference to other radio services (EMC) as well as its ease of verifying dosimetry levels to be compared against international requirements for exposure to non-ionizing radiation to humans (EMF) and Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIED). Communication for WPT-EV system operation occurs over wireless LAN and is undisturbed by the power transfer process.

—Letter to the FCC

In parallel, the SAE J2954-2 team is working on the standardization of wireless charging for heavy-duty vehicles and will be producing a guideline in a year.


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