From the Guest Editor - Jason Lai
Wireless power transfer was first demonstrated by Nicola Tesla about 120 years ago. The technology was recently adopted for possible transportation applications. This special issue of the IEEE TEC Newsletter gathers three articles focusing on the update of technology development for electric vehicle charging with different wireless power transfer technologies including the inductive power transfer, capacitive power transfer, and roadway power transfer. These articles intend to cover some interesting and important aspects including the historical development, technology fundamentals, and technical barriers. The major takeaway is what lies in the future for research and development and for the market acceptance.