A South Korean business news story revealed this week that the first electric vehicle Genesis GV60 in Hyundai’s premium automobile brand is capable of wireless charging.
The small SUV was unveiled alongside the American company WiTricity’s introduction of wireless charging possibilities. The EV will be powered by the same battery architecture as Hyundai’s forthcoming battery-powered Electric vehicle range. Hyundai predicts a 270-mile range on a single charge.
Genesis cars will be introduced in South Korea later this year, followed by the United States in 2022. When it arrives in the US, it will be the first all-electric vehicle to park on a charging station.
Genesis did not mention wireless charging in the press materials for the GV60, which was announced last week, and it could not clarify whether and when it will offer wireless charging in the United States. However, it is conceivable that this technological advantage will be extended to other markets. According to Hyundai Motor Group, the technology might be useful for some vehicles developed on the E-GMP dedicated EV platform that the GV60 shares with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.
According to WiTricity, this is the first time the technology will be used in a new battery electric car. Several Chinese entrants, which have followed simplified norms for technology, might come around the same time in early 2022, or narrowly beat the GV60. However, none of those models appear to be destined for the United States and Europe, unlike the GV60.
For some years, wireless charging has been offered as an aftermarket option for EVs. The devices employ a pair of coils to generate a magnetic field, allowing current to be transferred without the use of cables. Homeowners or parking lot owners may then include charging stations inside parking spaces, allowing EVs to charge just by parking, similar to how certain cellphones can charge wirelessly when placed on a pad.
Widespread use would need the incorporation of these pads into parking lots and garages. Because America is still a long way from having enough wired charging outlets to support the EV fleets that automakers want to develop, we’re definitely a long way from a world where you can pull into almost every parking place and charge your car.
Wireless charging has a lot of promise in electric vehicles because it may allow drivers to charge everywhere they go—at shopping malls, for example, or in snow and cold weather—without having to step out of the car and fiddle with a hefty charge cord and connector. A parking gadget would simply ensure that the automobile is properly positioned for the best charge.
BMW has been testing the technology in select 5-Series plug-in hybrids, but the findings have yet to be released.
Genesis hasn’t released any technical details about the GV60, but both the Ioniq 5 and EV6 have a 77.4-kwh battery pack that, in some versions, should provide more than 300 miles of range, and they’re serious about charging, including fast DC fast charging and bi-directional capability that could be used for future smart-home features. Hyundai claims that the Ioniq 5, the first vehicle in the parent company’s mass-market EV effort, will outperform the Tesla Model Y in terms of range regained.
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