Now that's something Tesla can't say.
Whenever an automaker reveals a new electric vehicle, it is instantly compared to one of the existing Tesla models. That's the benefit Tesla receives for being first to market. But the Hyundai Motor Group is hoping to get out of Tesla's enormous shadow by revealing an innovative piece of technology for its upcoming Genesis-branded EV models. HMG just announced that a 2021 Genesis model will incorporate charging technology, a feature that isn't found on any current Tesla model.
Genesis will be the first automaker in the industry to commercialize EV wireless charging on a production vehicle. BMW currently offers similar technology, but only as a pilot program. The technology here was developed by WiTricity, a leader in wireless charging technology.
There are endless possibilities to incorporate wireless vehicle charging into local infrastructure. Just imagine being able to drive up to a parking spot and charge up without even needing to touch a plug. In the distant future, EVs may even be able to charge wirelessly while driving. WiTricity's wireless technology can be used with an on-ground charging pad for a private residence, or it can be buried in the pavement of a parking lot.
Genesis also plans to incorporate WiTricity's "P&C (Plug and Charge)" technology, which alerts drivers of the charging costs, on every trim level. The car can verify the user and automatically make payments by plugging in the charging cable at a station. The P&C technology should debut on the upcoming electric variant of the 2021 Genesis G80 (pictured below), which is rumored to be called the eG80. It should also feature on an upcoming Genesis electric crossover (pictured above), currently using the 'JW' project name.
Since wireless charging requires separate infrastructure improvements at charging stations, Genesis only plans to offer it as an option on upper trim levels. However, innovation in this area might speed up the availability timeline. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) just ratified the SAE J2954, creating the first global wireless charging standards for EVs. This framework will create a clear path for automakers to develop EVs with wireless charging capabilities, meaning this feature could come to the US as soon as the second half of 2021.