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Kia Tests Wireless Charging System Using Soul EV

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/9/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Thanks to a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, Kia is testing out a wireless charging system for the Soul EV.

The automaker has partnered with California-based tech company Mojo Mobility to develop a fast-wireless charging system with energy transmitters in the ground and energy receivers on the car. In Phase One of the project, the two companies created a power transfer system that had more than 85 percent grid-to-vehicle efficiency. In the second phase, this technology was optimized for the Soul EV, where researchers were able to record a 92-percent efficiency rate.

During the final phase of the project, researchers will test out the system's safety, durability, and performance in real-world conditions with a fleet of five Kia Soul EVs. Neither Kia nor Mojo Mobility has provided a timeline for when the system will go on sale. If the charging system eventually heads to market, buyers will likely be able to recharge their Soul EVs more quickly. Currently, it takes about 4 to 5 hours to juice up the EV hatch using a Level 2 charger.

Kia Soul EV Wireless Charging Group© Provided by MotorTrend Kia Soul EV Wireless Charging Group

Kia is far from the first automaker to experiment with wireless EV charging. BMW, Nissan, Toyota, and Volvo are just some of the other automakers working on this technology.

Source: Kia

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