Toyota Edges Closer to Wireless Charging for EVs


  • Toyota WiTricity Wireless Charging Picture

    Toyota WiTricity Wireless Charging Picture

    Toyota is moving closer to offering wireless charging for its EVs. | December 09, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Toyota is moving closer to offering wireless charging for its electric vehicles, thanks to a new agreement to license the intellectual property of a Massachusetts company specializing in wireless power transfer.
  • The setup simplifies charging because the drivers only need to park over small magnetic resonance charging pads instead of plugging in.
  • It is expected that 2016 model-year vehicles will get the new setup.

WATERTOWN, Massachusetts — Toyota is moving closer to offering wireless charging for its electric vehicles, thanks to a new agreement to license the intellectual property of a Massachusetts company specializing in wireless power transfer.

Toyota has entered into an intellectual property license agreement with wireless charging company WiTricity. The Japanese automaker will use the technology on future EVs.

The setup simplifies charging because the drivers only need to park over small magnetic resonance charging pads instead of plugging in. The pads can sit above the ground or be embedded in parking surfaces. A second resonator is attached under the vehicle.

It is expected that 2016 model-year vehicles will get the new setup.

Toyota invested in WiTricity in 2011, and has cooperated technically with the firm since. Under the agreement, Toyota will offer wireless charging on future battery-powered EVs. The automaker believes this increase in convenience could help spur demand for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Third-party charging system suppliers will provide the chargers that utilize WiTricity's technology, which was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. WiTricity says that it will use resonance to deliver electric power safely over distance and eliminate the need for a charging cable.

"WiTricity's mission is to make wireless charging available as widely as possible, and this announcement is a significant step toward accomplishing that mission," said WiTricity CEO Eric Giler in a statement.

WiTricity already has partnerships or license agreements with Audi, Mitsubishi and Delphi, as well as firms in the defense and medical industries.

Edmunds says: This tech could be a serious game changer in the EV world.

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