No wires needed: a Nissan demonstration video shows how an induction mat charges the Leaf wirelessly. (Credit:Screen capture by Martin LaMonica/CNET)
Rather than fiddle with cables, Nissan EV drivers will have the option to park over a wireless charger.
Nissan is working on a system in which drivers park over an induction charging mat that creates a wireless connection to an electric vehicle’s on-board charger. Using a dashboard display to navigate, drivers back up so the charging map is under the rear wheels. Sensors stop the car at the appropriate spot and the charging is started by operating a touch-screen display on a charge point.
The automaker released a demonstration video of induction charging with the Leaf last month in Japanese. An English version of the same video surfaced recently, along with rumors that it will be available with new Leaf purchases next year.
The wireless EV charging system works the same way induction charging works for electronic gadgets or toothbrushes, according to Nissan. Electricity flows through a coil in the mat, which creates a magnetic field. That field then induces current in a second coil… [Read more]
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