Nissan LEAF Will Feature Wireless Charging Technology

The Nissan LEAF made history last year when it hit the market as one of the most affordable all-electric vehicles. Since then, Nissan has continued to make headlines by pledging to install free quick charging stations all over the world.

Now, the LEAF is jumping out ahead of the competition again by becoming the first electric car in the world to feature wireless charging technology.

Today at the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan unveiled a flat floor unit that will enable LEAF owners to fully charge their battery without installing a charging system or searching for an extension cord. The pad could be placed in a garage or driveway, or in a parking lot. By simply parking over the charging pad, sensors on the bottom of the LEAF trigger an electromagnet that draws electricity from the car’s recharging coil.

Nissan says the wireless charging will not be effected by various weather conditions or weather changes. The charging time does not change either, which presently is eight hours.

The electromagnet induction process is the same as technology used in cordless phones and toothbrushes, and is considered safe as it transmits at a low three to six watts.

The company says it’s wireless charging technology will be available in Leafs starting 2013. Unfortunately, if you’ve already purchased a LEAF, you may still have to deal with cords and outlets, as the technology will not be available as a retrofit.

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45 comments

Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M.4 years ago

cool, really wish i could get one when they come out

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Geraldine T.
Geraldine T.4 years ago

Great, lets hope electric cars can stay in production & keep improving. Let hope the oil company's don't buy them out again like they have in the past to stop the advance of eco transport of any kind.

Penny C.
Penny C.4 years ago

Thank you.

Jutta N.
Past Member 4 years ago

thanks for the news

Aleksandra M.
Aleksandra M.4 years ago

wow thats great

Laura S.
Past Member 4 years ago

YAY!! This would definitely save $ for buying stations all over world by gas station for charging cars. I disagreed when electric cars came out cuz I don't see charging stations near here and imagine what happens when you travel on vacation. Yikes! Wireless is GREAT idea!! Good work, people!!

Melissa Franklin
Melissa Franklin4 years ago

This car is sooo cool!!!! =D

cal shummon
cal calshummon4 years ago

Electrifying

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

A brilliant invention!!