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Volt Gets Cordless Charger

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On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 3:13PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Volt Gets Cordless Charger

If there is one thing that American consumers love it's gadgets and gizmos, exhibited by just how many of us carry a cell phone or iPod. An average check-list for leaving the home usually breaks down to: keys, wallet, cell. The mere fact that we can take these devices on the road with us is what makes them even more attractive. But there is a potential drawback. The more we use them, the more we use up their battery power.

The makers of these devices realized that early on and provided an entire line of remote chargers. Simply plug a cord into your car’s lighter and you get an instant charge. When was the last time you were actually in a new car that had a lighter? Now most models have specific plugs for your device charger.

That’s all about to change now that GM and Powermat USA plan to team up to incorporate cordless charging systems for cars.

To show that they are serious, GM is investing $5 million into wireless charging technology with the hopes of giving Powermat a much needed boost for its R&D department to speed along the business.

Powermat CEO Ran Poliakine was a bit tight lipped about the investment numbers, but is still happy that GM is partnering up with his company. “The commercial agreement, which is not specified, is clearly a much larger number,” Poliakine said. “This is an agreement under which Powermat technology will be embedded in the design of GM cars, enabling wireless charging for the driver.”

The first GM auto to benefit from the Powermat cordless charger will be none other than the Chevy Volt. However, don’t race out to the dealerships just yet. This feature won’t be implemented for another 18 months. For those who feel they can't wait to get a peek at just what the new cordless technology looks like, get over to the International Consumer Electronics show happening in Las Vegas this week. A concept Volt with the cordless charger will be on display.

GM is excited at the future prospects. “Imagine a mat or shelf where you could put your iPhone, your Droid, or other personal device and charge it automatically while you commute to work, run errands or as you’re driving on a family vacation,” said Micky Bly, GM’s executive director of electronic systems and hybrids. “The Chevy Volt will be one of the first applications, but we intend to expand it across our vehicle portfolio.”

He went on to say that the long term goal will be the use this kind of technology to charge the entire car. Imagine that!

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