At the end of 2015, I was in Paris listening to Nissan’s vision for batteries and charging for electric cars in the future. Back then they imagined how we could get to charge those cars by induction, without having to use any bulky cables or plugs.
Six years later, that’s what the Genesis GV60 wants to make a reality. The luxury brand of the Hyundai group has recently presented this model with the optional feature of having a completely wireless charger that can be installed in our garage. Park and go, like when we leave our phones on a charging base.
A first step towards the end of plugs?
Although the car is Korean, the wireless charging option will initially be available only in the United States because it is the work of WiTricity, a company from USA. The company already had concepts of this charging system in 2017, but it will not be until 2022 that it is applied for the first time in a fully electric car.
The load sensor/receiver will be located at the bottom of the car, which would park aligning with a load base attached to the parking floor. The car’s own navigation would indicate how to park so that the alignment is as optimal as possible, and the autonomy and time for a full charge at all times would be indicated on the screen.
Witricity says that there will be no problem with the height of the cars: all types of vehicles will be able to be loaded, from a sports car with a lower height to an SUV with a higher base. The maximum power allowed is 22 kW and the maximum charging efficiency will be between 91 and 93%.