Wireless EV Charging Goes Mainstream
Wireless charging will debut as an option in some electric cars in 2018 says Qualcomm VP
Wireless charging will debut as an option in some electric cars in 2018, says Chris Borroni-Bird, vice president of strategic development at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a company that has helped pioneer the technology.
Plugless charging also will be an attractive feature for electric cars equipped with the ability to park themselves. Eventually, Borroni-Bird says, the capability—which is as safe and efficient as plug-in charging—will be as common as wi-fi connectivity is to mobile phones and laptops.
Sandy Munro and his team of engineers and costing analysts at Munro & Associates were contacted by UBS Research—an arm of the giant banking and investment firm—and asked whether it was possible to do a teardown and cost assessment of the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
Hyundai enters the American market with a new parallel hybrid system that uses lithium-polymer batteries and the same six-speed automatic found in non-hybrid versions of the 2011 Sonata.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.