Audi’s TT Offroad concept PHEV, presented at the recent Beijing auto show, showcased several interesting features, including the Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix system, and a powertrain with two electric motors and 408 total horsepower.
However, as Business Insider reports, most of the media buzz has been about Audi’s Wireless Charging technology, which the business mag predicts will be put into production, rendering plug-in charging obsolete.
Audi’s 3.3 kW system consists of a plate with a coil and an inverter on the parking spot and a second coil integrated into the vehicle. The AC alternating field is only emitted when a car is parked over the plate, and shuts off automatically when the battery is full. Charging time is about the same as with a plug-in charger.
Also at the Beijing show, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said that the company plans to launch a new e-tron model every year, and will have a plug-in version of “all key model series” by 2020. Might all these new Audis offer wireless charging as an option?
Audi has released a mildly interesting video showing its Wireless Charging technology in action.