Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is testing a new system for charging plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. The wireless battery charging process will be simpler and faster.
The new system can charge a vehicle parked in alignment over a coil on the surface of the ground. It uses magnetic-resonance technology and takes 90 minutes to charge. To enable the driver to park in an optimum charging position, Toyota has developed an Intelligent Parking Assist function that shows the position of the transmitting coil in the parking space.
The verification test is planned to last one year. Toyota believes that the technology will help promote the use of electric vehicles and make mobility smarter, easier to use and more environmentally friendly.