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Toyota wireless EV charging testing in 2014 as 4th-gen Prius teased

Toyota is working on wireless charging systems for its next-gen Prius, intending to put such connection-free technology into verification testing in 2014 in the US, Japan, and Europe. The inductive charging system will be able to transfer power to a Prius or other Toyota hybrid vehicle without requiring a physical connection, Toyota Managing Officer Satoshi Ogiso says today, similar to Qi charging for smartphones but on a much larger scale.


Toyota currently has three different types of eco-friendly cars, in various stages of development. On the road already are hybrids (pairing gas and electric engines) and plug-ins (which are pure-electric); in the pipeline is a fuel-cell vehicle expected potentially as early as 2014. That fuel-cell car, described as a four-door, will be revealed for the first time at the Tokyo Auto Show later this year, Ogiso confirmed, with its US debut at CES 2014 the following January.


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