KIA SOUL EV BEING USED FOR WIRELESS CHARGING DEVELOPMENT
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
- Wireless power transfer system being integrated and tested using fleet of Kia Soul EVs
- Technology would improve charging times and convenience
- Scheme is being developed between HATCI and Mojo Mobility in America
Wireless charging systems, capable of transferring high power without need for precise alignment between the charger and the vehicle, are currently under development for electric vehicles, with the Kia Soul EV being the tester car for this research. Since its UK launch in January this year the Soul EV has received a positive response from media and customers for its performance and ability to cope well on both urban and country roads.
Wireless charging technology has the potential to significantly enhance the convenience of electric vehicles - and so increase the appeal and acceptance among consumers - while possibly enabling smaller battery pack sizes and reduced vehicle weight.
The system is being developed by Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center Inc (HATCI) and Mojo Motability Inc - a wireless power technology company, after being awarded a funding grant from the U.S Department of Energy (DOE).
"HATCI is honoured to be selected as a partner with the DOE," said Dr. Sung Hwan Cho, President, HATCI. "Innovative technologies such as this align well with one of our core goals, which is to create a vehicle experience that is intuitive and easy for the consumer."
Having already gone through several stages of development, this final phase will use five Soul EV's to test how wireless technology works in real-world performance, including durability, safety, and performance.
KMA and Mojo Mobility have not yet announced when the system will be available for purchase.
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- The grant has been developed by the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to assist in the research and development of systems capable of fast charging an electrical vehicle wirelessly.
- As one of Hyundai Motor Group’s (HMG) ten centres focused on research and development (R&D), Hyundai America Technical Centre, Inc. (HATCI) was established in 1986 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. HATCI is HMG’s design, technology and engineering division for North America.
- As HMG solidified its position as one of the top five global OEMs, HATCI has grown to include a strong network of engineering disciplines and increased business-focused activities to support North America’s Voice of the Customer.
- Mojo Mobility is a privately-held company specialising in wireless power charging systems for mobile applications ranging from wearables, mobile phones, tablets and laptops to high-power Electric Vehicles. Mojo has been at the forefront of development of wireless power technologies allowing customers to charge and power their products intuitively and easily in a variety of environments. Mojo’s unique Proprietary Near Field Power® (NFP®) places Mojo ahead of its competitors by providing unsurpassed performance, cost, user experience, and power transfer efficiencies.