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Wireless charging for Volkswagen electric cars from 2017

Perhaps later than expected, Volkswagen will offer wireless charging as an optional extra for its electric cars from 2017.

Currently all of Volkswagen Group’s battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars require a physical corded connection in order to recharge their batteries, although wireless charging is preferable for a number of reasons, chiefly convenience. The technology, however, is still relatively immature.

While Volkswagen says that is has wireless – or inductive – charging stations in a state of ‘pre-development’, it means that the technology will not be offered for the new e-Golf hatchback that goes on sale in the US this October.

The decision to hold back stems from a concern that the drawbacks highlighted by a lack of standardisation for corded charging could similarly hinder wireless charging – currently not every type of electric car can charge up at a given electric charging station. When applied to inductive charging this could become hugely expensive for two-EV households and inconvenient for anybody using a public station.


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