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Future Toyota Prius Plug In will have wireless charging, more EV miles

Given the vehicle’s importance as a halo car for Toyota, news of the next-gen Prius getting a potential 55 miles per gallon was our first headline from the recent Toyota Hybrid World Tour media event, but there is some news to report on the Prius Plug In as well. Namely, that the “plug” part of its name might be kind of superfluous as the car gets a wireless charger.

“We are developing a new wireless/inductive charging system to recharge the battery without the fuss of a cable.”

A cord-free Prius is not coming anytime soon – system verification is not scheduled until next year – but if there’s anything we learned at the Hybrid World Tour, it’s that Toyota believes in the long term success of hybrid technology. Satoshi Ogiso, managing officer for the Toyota Motor Corporation and one of the engineers on the original Prius, said that wireless charging is just one new thing coming to a future Prius Plug-In. “We have been listening very carefully to Prius PHV owners over the past two years, and are considering their requests for additional all-electric range,” he said. “We have also heard from these owners, that they would like a more convenient charging operation. In response, we are developing a new wireless/inductive charging system that produces resonance between an on-floor coil and an onboard coil to recharge the battery without the fuss of a cable.” You can read all of his comments below.
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