Global shipments of wireless power receivers (Rx) and transmitters (Tx) are set to more than triple from 2018 to 2023, according to IHS Markit | Technology.
Combined Rx and Tx shipments will rise to 2.1bn units in 2023, rising at a CAGR of 28.2 percent from 611 million in 2018, as reported by the Wireless Power Market Tracker – Q1 2019 report from IHS Markit | Technology, which is now a part of Informa Tech. The expansion is driven by broad-based demand from multiple markets, including wearables, computing, medical, smart homes, kitchen appliances, power tools, robotics, industrial, infrastructure, electric vehicles and automotive in-cabin systems.
However, applications in the automotive sector including electric vehicles and in-cabin systems, will generate the robust growth rates in the wireless power segment. Rx shipments for automotive applications are set to rise by 42.7 CAGR from 2018 through 2023, while Tx shipments will increase at a 44.4 percent rate during the same period.
Within the automotive market, the electric vehicle segment will generate the greatest increase in demand, with shipments of Tx devices in EVs increasing at a CAGR of nearly 50 percent from 2018 through 2023. In EVs, these devices are used for wireless charging systems for car batteries. Wireless charging systems offer greater convenience and ease of use to EV owners, with the charging conducted by a charging mat placed on the ground.
“The way that people, goods and vehicles get from one place to another will change dramatically over the next two decades,” said Dinesh Kithany, lead industry analyst, wireless power and power supplies, at IHS Markit | Technology. “Driven by technological changes, along with a combination of economic factors and new policies and regulations, EV sales are set to show robust growth. Recent announcements confirm there’s a fleet of automotive manufacturers with launch plans for electric vehicles. Wireless charging technology will play a critical role in this growth, making the process of charging EVs dramatically easier and increasing their appeal to consumers. The speed and process in which EVs would be charged at home, offices, petrol stations as well as at charging points would differ, and the trick is how to fit in the ecosystem such that both consumers and businesses benefit.”