Toyota, as the world’s leading manufacturer of hybrid cars, wants to continue to be at the forefront of technology in this type of vehicle. One of the areas that shows the least evolution among plug-in hybrids is the recharging section and, to continue experimenting with improvements in all areas, the Japanese firm has partnered with one of the companies with the most knowledge in the field of inductive recharging, Electreon.
If it were to incorporate this solution in its production of hybrid cars, Toyota would be giving a twist to its ‘self-recharging’ hybrid concept, which is currently the difference between conventional hybrids and plug-in hybrids.
Electreon defines itself as a market-leading developer and provider of wireless charging solutions for electric vehicles. The company’s patented inductive technology is capable of charging any electric vehicle both stationary and moving “quickly and safely,” in its own words. According to them, this eliminates range anxiety while reducing the need to equip a high-capacity battery, since the energy needed to drive is replenished while traveling.
Now, the company of Israeli origin joins forces with Toyota, as well as with the component production specialist Denso, which in turn is one of the companies closest to the Japanese in terms of parts supply.
The goal is to develop a receiver for electrified cars based on current Electreon technology. It is an agreement in principle that will later see the deal formalized with a more detailed plan of which presumably we will know more in a few months.
Electreon has wanted to attest to the effectiveness of its technology to its future collaborators with a demonstration of induction charging in motion at its headquarters, located in the city of Beit Yanai. The vehicle used for the occasion was Toyota’s most popular hybrid car globally, the Toyota RAV4 in its plug-in hybrid specification.
“This partnership will make wireless charging accessible to a wide and diverse range of drivers and will demonstrate the many benefits of wireless charging as a clean and cost-effective solution for charging electric vehicles, as well as a catalyst in reducing the carbon footprint of EVs,” says Electreon CEO and co-founder Oren Eze r.