Wireless cellphone charging
The reliance we have on our smartphones is being well-recognized by the 2016 fleet of Chevy vehicles that will be showing up at Don Wheaton in the near future. We have already dedicated a fair amount of space to the new ability of the vehicles to integrate smartphone apps with the Chevy MyLink system. Many of those same vehicles like the 2016 Chevy Cruze and the 2016 Chevy Impala will feature wireless cellphone charging. This cutting edge technology has been available on luxury vehicles for a while, Chevrolet engineers are now bringing it to the masses. Unfortunately, there is a side-effect of wireless cellphone charging, overheating. As with most problems, the engineering and design team from Chevrolet found simple way to defeat it.
Wireless cellphone charging is fairly simple concept. Magnets in the charging unit and on the compatible battery facilitate the transfer of electrons to charge the battery. A natural byproduct of this process is heat. This excess heat can be very bad for a phone’s battery and lead to a drop in energy storage and overall phone performance. In addition to the natural amount of heat that is produced by the wireless charging process, the interior temperature of the passenger cabin can play a major factor. Both of these situations can be exacerbated when the outside ambient temperature rises.
In order to prevent overheating while using wireless charging, Chevrolet engineers have placed a vent in the charging compartment that blows cool air over the phone. This vent is attached to the vehicle’s air conditioning system and is activated when the driver turns it on. Most smartphones have built-in thermal sensors to help prevent damage by overheating, using this system that will be included in several Chevy vehicles will offer another layer of protection that may have been overlooked by competing automakers.
If you would like to learn more about wireless cellphone charging in the 2016 lineup of Chevy vehicles, please make an appointment with a Don Wheaton sales professional today.