Fast wireless charging rolls out on test fleet of cars

April 10, 2018 //By Nick Flaherty
Fast wireless charging rolls out on test fleet of cars
A wireless fast charging technology developed by Mojo Mobility in the US is being rolled out on a test fleet of Kia cars.

The three year project with the Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center (HATCI) resulted in a compact wireless charging system that can transfer over 10 kW with 85 percent grid-to-vehicle efficiency. The project installed the system on five Soul EVs and tested them in real-world applications for durability, safety and performance.

California-based Mojo’s proprietary Near Field Power system uses inductive coupling between coils on the charging plate and the car. Using overlapping coils allows for higher current transfer and a degree of misalignment between the transmitter and the receiver, making it easier and more convenient for day-to-day use.

"We set out to develop wireless charging that has real world applications and is easy to use for the consumer. Now, with this fleet of wireless Soul EVs, we can clearly see a future of unplugged electric vehicles," said William Freels, President of HATCI.

However, there is no current plan to offer the wireless charging system on production vehicles, but the technology could be used on future Kia electric vehicles.

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