Toyota Developing Wireless Charging
WiTricity has patented a resonance charging system which allows electricity to be transmitted efficiently as far as several metres from source. Toyota believes the technology could be adapted to use with EVs, and says it could be available within the next decade.
A Toyota spokesperson commented: ‘TMC believes that resonance wireless charging is suitable for automobiles and aims for its early practical use.
‘The collaboration is aimed to accelerate development and eventual implementation of wireless charging for automobiles. The charging of a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle could be as simple and convenient as parking near an embedded charger at home or in a parking facility.’
Toyota committed to low carbon future mobility in its Global Vision corporate outline, released in March. Five new hybrids are due by 2015, with both battery and fuel cell vehicles also in the pipeline, and it has also partnered with Tesla to develop future EVs.