If you decide to charge up a 2012 Chevrolet Volt in your garage, GM may just return the favor; charging your cell phone through wireless cell phone chargers it plans to install in future vehicles. “General Motors and Powermat, a pioneer in wireless charging technology, announced a commercial agreement today that will eliminate the need for charging cords for personal electronic devices in many future Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac products beginning mid-2012,” says GM. “The Chevrolet Volt, conceived as a reinvention of the automobile that would help reduce America’s dependence on oil, while providing the assurance of an extended driving range, will be one of the first GM vehicles to offer this technology.”
Allowing drivers to do away with do away with power cords will certainly add some convenience. According to Cars.com, “You put a case around your phone, and when it's placed on the mat, the battery is recharged through magnetic induction.” The partnership may boost Powermat’s home unit sales, since many consumers will want to charge at home without removing the case.
According to GM, Powermat will allow consumers to charge smart phones, mp3 players and gaming devices. “The idea sounds simple enough, but may prove to be a boon, particularly as drivers continue to import and network numerous portable devices with their vehicles,” says Motor Trend. “Inductive charging would allow owners to free their center consoles of the clutter typically associated with conventional charging cords.”