Genesis GV60 to achieve wireless charging capability
The recently revealed all-electric Genesis GV60 could be one of the first models with a wireless charging system from the factory.
The company has yet to announce technical details, but according to Green Car Reports, the wireless charging option will launch next year – initially as part of a test or pilot program in South Korea.
The main point of a wireless charging system is to improve the convenience of home charging by removing the need to plug in and unplug. Charging a car starts automatically when a vehicle equipped with a receiving base is parked on an assembly base on the ground.
In high end / luxury vehicles this may be worth a try, but the outcome is not certain. A few aftermarket wireless charging options that were available for some models so far haven’t attracted too many customers.
Either way, WiTricity is expected to be Hyundai Motor Group’s wireless charging provider. The group has already shown some concepts with WiTricity technology in the past.
Home wireless charging output power will likely be 7 or 11 kW. At least that’s the typical values for the new J2954 wireless charging standard released in October 2020.
Wireless charging efficiency over a 10-inch (250mm) ground clearance is expected to be 94%. The WiTricity website states that the overall effectiveness will be similar to that of conventional methods:
“Remember that we are dealing with electricity here and that must be respected. Both wireless and plug-in loads have functional blocks to protect your home and vehicle, and these blocks prevent any charging from being 100% efficient. Most level 2 chargers are 89-94% efficient, as is wireless charging based on WiTricity technology. “
The bigger question, however, is the cost of the system, which could far exceed the cost of a J1772 plug-in home charging station.