Published on September 26th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown6
Future Prius PHEV May Have Wireless Charging
Electric vehicle charging stations have mostly utilized power cords, which are very cheap, reliable, and effective. However, wireless charging takes convenience to a whole new level, and makes public charging more attractive.
Imagine if your gas-powered car could automatically top itself up every time you parked at home, at a shop, or at a restaurant, even in the rain. Then you could enjoy the range of a full tank of gas every single day without having to get out and pump it at a smelly gas station. Electric cars are approaching this stage now, and I must say, it is quite cool! Electricity opens some new windows of opportunity.
According to a Toyota press release, Prius PHEV owners expressed an interest in wireless chargers to “avoid the fuss of a cable.” While there is hardly any fuss (compared to filling up at a gas station), wireless charging does have other benefits and is even a bit more convenient, as stated above.
Addressing this interest, Toyota will begin “verification” of a resonant induction charging system it has been developing in 2014 in the US and Europe.
In the words of Satoshi Ogiso, the managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation:
We have been listening very carefully to Prius PHV owners over the past two years… and are considering their requests for additional all-electric range.
We have also heard from these owners, that they would like a more convenient charging operation. In response, we are developing a new wireless/inductive charging system that produces resonance between an on-floor coil and an onboard coil to recharge the battery without the fuss of a cable.
Finally, there is a safety concern about the electromagnetic waves produced by the wireless charging systems. However, this is still a grey area to some of us.