Kia EV picked for US wireless charging study

A South Korean automotive giant’s electric vehicle (EV) has been selected to trial a new wireless charging system in the US. Kia’s Soul EV wireless charger has reached the final […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A South Korean automotive giant’s electric vehicle (EV) has been selected to trial a new wireless charging system in the US.

Kia’s Soul EV wireless charger has reached the final stage of development and will be tested on five of its models. It won funding from the US Department of Energy for the project.

It claims the technology would improve charging times and convenience.

Designed by Hyundai-Kia America Technical Centre Inc (HATCI) and Mojo Motability, the wireless technology will be assessed for safety and its performance in a real-world environment.

Sung Hwan Cho, President, HATCI said: “HATCI is honoured to be selected as a partner with the DOE. Innovative technologies such as this align well with one of our core goals, which is to create a vehicle experience that is intuitive and easy for the consumer.”