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Toyota tests new charging system for electric cars

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Updated: 2/18/2014 3:12 pm
TOYOTA CITY, Japan (WTVA) -- Toyota Motor Corporation officials announced the company will begin verification testing on its new wireless battery charging system for vehicles that require electric power.

Officials say the system allows vehicles to charge by aligning a coil on the vehicle over a coil on the surface of the ground, which transmits electricity through the magnetic resonance resulting from changes in magnetic field intensity between the two coils.

The testing, which begins late February, will require three plug-in hybrid vehicles to be used in homes in Aichi Prefecture over the course of a year to assess user satisfaction, system ease-of-use, misalignment rates, and charging behavior, such as charging frequency and the use of timer-based charging.

Toyota has also developed a new parking assist function to help drivers park the vehicle by showing the position of the transmitting coil in the parking space.

Officials say they believe that commercialization of similar products, the ultimate goal of the testing, will help promote the use of electrified vehicles and aid in making mobility more environment-friendly.
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