Japan – The verification process will take place in Aichi, starting in late February, and will assess the OEM’s newly developed battery charging system for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids.
According to Toyota, the system can charge a vehicle which is parked over a coil on the ground, making the process “simpler and more convenient”. Electricity is transmitted by the magnetic-resonance which results from changes in the magnetic field between the ground coil and a receiver coil on the vehicle.
The tests will be conducted over the course of one year and will involve three plug-in hybrids. The assessment criteria will include: user satisfaction, ease-of-use, misalignment rates and charging behaviour such as charging frequency and the use of timer-based charging.
The results will be used to further develop the technology, with the ultimate aim of commercialisation.