Toyota has announced its intentions of developing and testing a wireless charging technology for plug-in hybrids and all-electric models.

Toyota has announced its intentions of developing and testing a wireless charging technology for plug-in hybrids and all-electric models.

Wireless charging technology is already available for a handful of smartphones and in the years to come this convenient technology will be implemented in the automotive industry. Toyota is one of the companies developing such a system which will work by parking the car in alignment with a coil set into the ground.

The system sends electricity by using magnetic resonance created by the modifications in the intensity of the magnetic field between a transmitting coil in the ground and a receiving coil installed in the vehicle. Toyota has intentions of a market launch for such a system which would need about 90 minutes to fill up the battery pack with a 2 kW charging power and an AC 200V input voltage.

To make things even easier for the driver, Toyota has updated its Intelligent Parking Assist system with a feature which shows the location of the transmitting coil in the parking space. Verification testing will kick off later this month in Aichi prefecture in Japan with three plug-in hybrids.

Additional details can be found in the press release area.

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