Powermat wireless charge pad in Chevrolet VoltEnlarge Photo
It's a sad fact: for some drivers, our dashboards and center consoles look increasingly like the backs of our home televisions. There are wires plugged into stereos, cables running to chargers jammed into cigarette lighters, wires hastily wrapped and thrown over shifter knobs. When will the madness end?
For General Motors fans, the answer is: next year. According to Bloomberg, that's when GM will begin rolling out Powermat wireless chargers to vehicles across its four product lines, eliminating our need to plug cellphones into charging stations. (Provided our phones or their cases are capable of wireless charging, of course.)
You might recall that Toyota was the first automaker to offer wireless charging. Thanks to its close relationship with Powermat, GM was in line to take that trophy via the Chevrolet Volt, but the 2013 Avalon got there first. (Why did Toyota choose the Avalon? We're still a bit unsure.)
GM hasn't announced the list of vehicles to offer the new technology. In fact, GM hasn't announced anything about it at all, preferring to keep the matter hush-hush "for competitive reasons". It's the folks at Powermat who've been blabbing.
Will that affect GM's partnership with -- or investments in -- Powermat? Will it hinder -- or accelerate -- the rollout of the technology? We'll keep you posted.