The Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center along with wireless power company Mojo Mobility, Inc., have been awarded a grant from the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies program to research and develop a wireless charging system.
Mojo Mobility has already done research in this field and is known for its wireless charging systems, capable of transferring high power without the need for a physical connection. The companies will work together to implement such a system using the Kia Soul EV.
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The project consists of three phases. The first phase consisted of developing the wireless power transfer system, which operates with 85 percent grid-to-vehicle efficiency. It is capable of sending in excess of 10 kW to the vehicle during fast charging. The system also allows misalignment between the car and charger, making it easier for day-to-day use.
The second phase saw the two companies integrate the system to the Soul EV. It has demonstrated full operation at 92 percent efficiency.
The third and final stage will involve real-world performance data gathering, which will test the systems’ durability, interoperability, safety, and performance.
Kia did not offer a timeline for when we can expect a wireless charging system to be available to the public.
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