Kia Motors confirms development of wireless charging system for Soul EV; no plan to bring it to production
In a recent statement, Korean automaker Kia Motors has confirmed a three-year project for developing a wireless charging system for its Soul EV has been successfully completed by the Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center (HATCI) and Mojo Mobility (Mojo).
In confirming the development a wireless charging system for the Kia Soul EV, Kia has also revealed that as of now, it does not have any plans to bring the wireless charging system aboard its production vehicles.
About the wireless charging system developed for Soul EV, Kia said in a recent press release an electromagnetic field is used in the system for transferring energy between two coils --- a transmitter on the ground, and a receiver at the vehicle’s bottom.
The wireless charging system starts the charge process when an electric vehicle is placed above the transmitter. Thereafter, energy is transmitted via an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which uses that energy for charging the battery of the vehicle. The system works efficiently even if the transmitter and the receiver are somewhat improperly aligned.
Kia touted the compact wireless charging system’s ability to charge at a maximum of 10 kW with 85 percent grid-to-vehicle efficiency, but also added alongside that it has “no current plan to offer the wireless charging system on production vehicles for sale to consumers.”
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