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A Kiwi company could be revolutionising the electric car market, thanks to the recent London launch of the world’s first wireless technology, which allows parked or moving electric cars to charge automatically. Called IPT (Inductive Power Transfer), it works by fitting cars with a receiver pad to charge automatically when parked over transmitter pads buried into the ground. The wireless charging pads are designed to function beneath asphalt, submerged in water or covered in ice and snow. Fast-forward into the future, and the technology could be embedded into road infrastructure so IPT cars can be charged on the move.