The South Korean government said it was increasing effort to promote its locally developed wireless charging technology for electric vehicles (EVs) as an international standard.

The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards last week held a virtual meeting with domestic and overseas specialists to promote the wireless charging technology for EVs with a capacity of up to 50 kilowatts.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy last year had already proposed the wireless EV charging technology to the International Electrotechnical Commission.

The agency said the technology, which allows EV batteries to be charged to 80% within an hour, compared well with one proposed previously by Japan which was based on 11kW capacity.

South Korea also wants to develop technology which will allow EVs to be charged while on the move. This would likely be applied initially to public buses which run on fixed routes but would likely be very popular if it could become available for other types of vehicles, including private passenger vehicles.