26 Dec '12, 5am

2013 Toyota Avalon to offer Qi wireless charging

2013 Toyota Avalon to offer Qi wireless charging

Buyers of the 2013 Toyota Avalon can do away with car chargers and their spaghetti of wires, because the full-size sedan is the first car in the world to be made available with Qi wireless charging. The feature is included in a Technology Package which can be specified on both petrol and hybrid versions of the Avalon in Limited trim. Qi is the global standard for wireless power and charging. Like the ancient Chinese principle of the flow of life energy, devices are magically charged just by placing them on, or near, any Qi-enabled surface. OK, it’s not completely magic – a fair bit of electromagnetic induction is involved. Supplied by DENSO, the Avalon’s system utilises technology developed by ConvenientPower and Philips Lite-on Digital Solution. All the driver has to do is throw a switch to activate it, place his/her phone on the high-friction surface built into the centr...

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