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USA: Tech company equips Chevrolet Volt with wireless charging system; fleet expected later this year

DEARBORN, MI- A startup clean technology company has outfitted a Chevrolet Volt with a wireless charging system, according to the company’s CEO.
Andrew Daga, also principal founder of the Pennsylvania-based company, said Momentum Dynamics has developed a unique and proprietary technology system that uses the electrical grid to recharge vehicles automatically without the use of a wire or owner assistance.
The system, which is expected to cost less than $10,000 as an aftermarket kit, is attached to the vehicle. When the vehicle is parked over a special charging mat, the vehicle automatically begins charging.
Daga said the company wanted to equip a Chevrolet Volt with the technology rather than an all-electric vehicle because the passenger vehicle is the “most complicated” on the market. He said starting with the most tech-savvy products should help the company implement the technology of other vehicles easier.
“It’s part of our idea of retiring the most complicated risks first,” he told MLive.com following a panel presentation Tuesday during the Commercial Vehicle Megatrends USA 2012 conference in Dearborn. “By learning about a more complicated vehicle early, we solved those problems faster, or earlier, then we go onto less complicated vehicles and find ourselves having an easier time doing it.”
Daga said the company’s first target market is commercial and fleet vehicles, because there is minimal competition and it is easier to implement the technology in controlled settings.
“It works with cars, or with buses, or any other vehicles,” he said. “They all get recognized and the power is modulated independently.”
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