Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen Could Offer Wireless Charging by 2017

May 12, 2014

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Although not included with the 2015 e-Golf hatchback, which will be available in the fourth quarter of 2014, wireless charging could be an available technology once the 2017 electric models hit the showroom floor.

According to a recent interview with Herbert Ruholl, Volkswagen’s technical leader for electrified vehicles, wireless, or inductive, charging stations are in a state of "pre-development." Ruholl pointed to the fact that there is no standardization of "corded" plug-in electric vehicles when it comes to charging stations.

"If you have different cars in your household or in your company you do not want to buy such an inductive charging system for each car. You can expect it in more-or-less three years when we are ready to bring it into the market,” said Ruholl.

Wireless charging kits are currently available for the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt through third-party manufacturer Plugless for approximately $3,000.

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