TORRANCE, CA – Toyota said its 2013-MY Avalon will be the first vehicle in the world to offer in-console wireless charging for mobile phones and other devices capable of charging via the “Qi” system.
This feature will be available as part of the sedan’s Technology Package, which Toyota offers for the gasoline and hybrid versions of the Avalon Limited. The Technology Package also includes dynamic radar cruise control, automatic high beams, and a pre-collision safety system.
The wireless charging pad is integrated into the “ebin,” which located in the sedan’s center console. The driver or a passenger can place a Qi-equipped mobile device onto or near the ebin lid’s surface in the console that provides wireless charging. A user can turn on the Qi wireless charging system using a switch beneath the ebin’s lid. DENSO supplies Toyota with the Avalon’s wireless charging system.
The Qi wireless charging feature is now available in 34 mobile phone models, including the LG Google Nexus 4, the Nokia Lumia 920, and the HTC Windows Phone 8X.