Electric vehicles could see wireless chargers in the future

Electric vehicles could see wireless chargers in the future Electric vehicles have a number of perks for drivers, namely the money-saving ability to run without gasoline. Currently, owners have to find a charging station if they are away from home to power up their cars, but WiTricity is looking to change that.

Toyota Motor has announced a new partnership with the Massachusetts-based company, investing in the development of a wireless automotive charger. The technology is being used with various consumer electronics, and both firms hope that their new joint venture will lead to a revolutionary device for this market.

The Japanese automaker "believes that resonance wireless charging is suitable for automobiles and aims for its early practical use," according to CNET. Its popular Prius is one of the best-selling hybrid electric models in the country.

Today's electric autos require being plugged in to charge, while the wireless adaptor would use a magnetic resonator that would power the car simply by being within the magnetic field, requiring no contact, reports the news source.

"The power via that magnetic near field can be delivered over distance, through obstacles like walls, and even to multiple devices simultaneously," said CNET.