Toyota Begins Real-World Test of Wireless Vehicle Charging System | Edmunds

Toyota Begins Real-World Test of Wireless Vehicle Charging System


Just the Facts:
  • Toyota will begin real-world testing of a new wireless vehicle charging system for cars like the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid.
  • The system skips the cord and electrical outlet and charges a vehicle parked in alignment over a coil on the surface of the ground.
  • Toyota says the wireless charging system makes the process "simpler and more convenient" for users.

TOYOTA CITY, Japan Toyota will begin real-world testing of a new wireless vehicle charging system for cars like the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

Toyota said the new setup is "created with future market launch in mind," but did not set a timetable for a rollout. It also did not say what it would cost.

The system skips the cord and electrical outlet and charges a vehicle parked in alignment over a coil on the surface of the ground.

Toyota says the wireless charging system makes the process "simpler and more convenient" for users. Charging time is approximately 90 minutes.

The charging system uses magnetic-resonance technology. The driver parks the car over a coil on the ground that transmits power to a coil on the vehicle that receives.

To enable the driver to park in the best charging position, Toyota said it has developed a new parking assist function that shows the position of the transmitting coil in the parking space. The function is coupled with Toyota's Intelligent Parking Assist system.

The one-year verification test involves three Toyota plug-in hybrid vehicles used in homes here. Testing will assess user satisfaction, ease-of-use and charging behavior.

"The test results will be used to further develop the technology, with commercialization the ultimate aim," the automaker said in a statement. "Toyota believes that commercialization will help promote the use of electrified vehicles and aid in making mobility that is smarter, easier to use and more environment-friendly."

Edmunds says: Other automakers and suppliers are working on similar technology. A major hurdle will be standardizing such technology across the board to make consumers' lives even easier.

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