Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Kia Press | posted July 13, 2015 15:43
Wireless charging system for 2015 Kia Soul EV is in the works
Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) and Mojo Mobility, Inc., a wireless power technology company, is set to develop a high-speed wireless charging system for electric vehicles.
The two companies received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to jump start the project. The wireless charging technology will be tested on the 2015 Kia Soul EV at HATCI in Superior Township, Michigan and Mojo Mobility in Santa Clara, California.
According to HATCI and Mojo Mobility, the development process involves three phases. In phase one, the two companies developed a wireless power transfer system that has more than 85-percent grid-to-vehicle efficiency. This wireless power transfer system is also capable of transferring more than 10 kW to the vehicle for high-speed charging.
Phase two will include the integration of a compact system designed for the 2015 Kia Soul EV and a demonstration of full operation that should record 92-percent efficiency.
The third and final phase of the project will test the systems' durability, “interoperability”, safety and performance.