Chevy Volt Gets Wireless Charging Tech

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Michigan upstart company Momentum Dynamics have retrofitted the Chevrolet Volt range-extender hybrid with wireless charging technology, which they claim works and will, at some point in the not too distant future.
Despite being able to outperform many current fast charging methods, the system is not currently economically viable for fitting to a production car, as it costs in excess of $10,000 (€7,900) per unit. As part of the setup, the Volt gets a plate attached to the underside of the car. Once it is positioned over a special ‘mat’, the car will begin charging immediately and without any assistance from the driver. The makers of the system say it could be adapted to be used on the move, at speeds even up to 64 km/h (40 mph) or when the driver approaches a set of traffic lights.

It will be extremely difficult for a small company such as Momentum Dynamics to succeed, but they have a plan to first attempt to serve the needs of companies’ fleets, before tackling every-day consumers. It’s good to see that wireless charging research is gaining momentum and we will see the system implemented in practical applications over the next few years, surely.

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