CES 2021

Coils in this wireless smartphone charger move closer to your device for best results

A new technology by Panasonic charges a smartphone uniquely.

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Most wireless phone chargers currently installed in vehicles require a phone to be docked loosely into a specific area - to touch a certain area of the charging pad. If the phone shifts while going around a turn or because of a rough road, the phone loses its charge until you move it back into place. It can be as annoying as it sounds, especially at night when the phone lights up every time its charge status changes.

New in-vehicle wireless charging technology announced by Panasonic Automotive today changes up the wiring behind traditional wireless charging technology in an innovative way. The two types, moving coil and static coil, allow devices to be recharged quickly while vehicles turned on.

The moving coil charge variant of the wireless charging pad has patent pending tracking technology that targets a device once it's in the tray. The coil moves into the optimum position to align with the mobile device's charging coil and begins charging with 15 watts of charging power, one of the highest rates of charge in the industry. In addition to being able to move toward the device in need of charging, the technology has better coupling capability when compared to other wireless charging systems.

The company says that the new tech meets or exceeds most current in-vehicle charging systems.

Many new vehicles offer available wireless charging. Nearly all offer cabled charging via a USB Type A or USB Type C charging port. These wireless charging trays are frequently located at the front of the center console while others sit inside the console or require a phone to fit into a charging slot in the console.

For the 2021 model year, Hyundai began offering wireless charginng with cooling fans that work to alleviate the problem of high-heat generation that occurs while charging at higher speeds for prolonged periods of time. High temperatures may cause a device to stop working and a charger to malfunction.

In order for the system to cahrge a smartphone, the phone must be wireless charging compatible.

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The 2022 IONIQ 5 will feature futuristic styling.

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The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 was announced earlier this year, but today we learned quite a bit more about the new EV, including that it will sport some impressive charging figures. As the automaker's first dedicated electric vehicle, the Ioniq 5 rollout is an important one, and will take place in stages across late 2021 and early 2022.

Hyundai will offer the Ioniq 5 with two different electric motor options. The base configuration includes a single motor that produces 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and is paired with two-wheel drive. This configuration will be capable of up to 300 miles of range per charge. The upgraded model will come with a dual-motor system and all-wheel drive. It derives a total of 320 horsepower from its motors and can reach 60 mph from a standstill in five seconds. The speedier Ioniq 5's range will reach up to 244 miles on a charge.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 The IONIQ 5 is Hyundai's first dedicated EV.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The Ioniq 5's most impressive specs, however, are in its charging speeds. The vehicle supports 800-volt charging and can run 400-volt charging without the need for additional adapters or hardware. Hyundai says it's the first patented technology that uses the motor and inverter to boost 400 volts to 800 volts, which will equate to blazing charging speeds. The Ioniq 5 can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in 18 minutes, and can regain up to 68 miles of range with just a five minute charge using a 350-kW fast charger. The car can fully recharge in 6 hours and 43 minutes using Level 2 charging.

To provide juice for that fast charging, Hyundai is working with Electrify America to provide over 600 charging stations to owners of the Ioniq 5. Hyundai will also give buyers free charging across the Electrify America network with unlimited 30-minute sessions for two years following the date of purchase.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 The vehicle can provide power for other electric devices.Photo courtesy of Hyundai

EVs are increasingly offering the ability to provide power for other things, which is a trick that the Ioniq 5 will be able to pull off. Hyundai says that it will have the ability to recharge any electric device, including scooters, bicycles, or camping equipment, and notes that it will even be able to provide power to another EV. The function is called V2L, or vehicle-to-load, and provides up to 1.9 kW power using a standard 120-volt outlet. The Ioniq 5's charging port provides power through an available accessory adaptor.

The Ioniq 5 will start hitting dealers' lots this fall, but availability will vary depending on where you live. Buyers in states that are California EV-compliant will get the vehicle first, with others to follow at some point in 2022.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Two 12-inch displays grace the IONIQ 5's dash.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

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Mopar has introduced unique accessories for the new Jeep Wrangler 4xe.

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The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will soon arrive on dealership lots. Ahead of that moment, Mopar has released the details of some of its new Jeep Performance Parts lineup for the new model.

"With an industry-first lift kit for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar will give owners of the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe the opportunity to amplify the 4x4 capability and the fun-to-drive, open-air experience of the most capable, technically advanced, eco-friendly SUV," said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America. "The 2021 Wrangler 4xe is Trail Rated with solid front and rear axles, a full-time 4x4 two-speed transfer case, a fully articulating suspension and 30 inches of water fording capability."

Below are select JPP and Mopar offerings available for the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe (with Mopar part number and U.S. MSRP). Descriptions have been provided by Mopar.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe pats

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JPP 2-inch lift kit (77072522 | $1,495): The industry-first lift kit for a plug-in hybrid vehicle is tuned specifically for the Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid vehicle application. The kit includes four springs, four FOX shocks, front lower control arms, front and rear stabilizer links, front and rear bump stops, various fasteners and the JPP badge, all packaged in a custom, reusable wooden crate complete with the JPP logo.

240-volt, at-home, electric vehicle wall chargers: The 240-volt wall chargers are available with branding from Mopar or Jeep in hardwired (HCS40 | $621.50) or plug-in (HCS40P | $647.90) versions for at-home use. Customers can enjoy a charging time that is more than five times faster for their iconic off-roader versus the standard cordset cable. Both wall chargers are available at the Mopar eStore.

JPP rock rails (82215165AB | $925): For the serious off-roader, JPP rock rails provide added lower-body protection to the vehicle. Rails are roll-formed and constructed from zinc-coated steel for superior corrosion resistance. The outer surface is e-coated and then DuraBull®-coated (truck bedliner coating) to provide superior protection.

JPP tube doors (77072498AC | $1,195): Constructed of 2-inch round, heavy-gauge steel tubes, JPP tube doors create more open-air freedom. Production hinges and rubber bump stops are used for added strength and factory fit and finish, while preventing shakes and rattles.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

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JPP mirror kit for tube doors (77072562AA | $215): For added functionality of the JPP tube doors, the mirror kit includes two side mirrors that provide an improved range of vision during open-air adventures. Available beginning in early May.

JPP half doors (part of Dual-Door Group – sales code AJB for two-door | $2,350; AJB for four-door | $3,995; AJS for two-door | $2,550; AJS for four-door | $4,395): Ordered as an option during a new-vehicle purchase, the Mopar Custom Shop offers the Dual-Door Group that includes both full and half doors. New half-door option enhances the Jeep Wrangler driving experience with production styling, security and occupant protection. With lower window ledges, visibility is improved while maneuvering on and off road. New upper-window assemblies – available in base vinyl (AJB) or premium acrylic (AJS) – create a weather-tight seal and feature zippered plastic windows for quick, easy removal. Available in late summer.

JPP front bumper (82215691AD | $1,275): Rigorously tested for performance, durability and corrosion, this heavy-duty front bumper is steel e-coated and black-powder coated. D-rings are included for extra towing capability. The bumper is fully compatible with the Jeep Performance Parts Rubicon Warn winch.

JPP Rubicon Warn winch (P5160095AC | $1,595): Completely waterproof and submersible to ensure reliable operation during water fording and other adverse conditions, the Rubicon Warn winch includes 100 feet of Warn Spydura™ Synthetic Rope and is finished in three-stage zinc phosphate, e-coat and powder coating.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

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JPP winch mounting kit (82215182AC | $450): Designed to fit on the Rubicon steel front bumper and the JPP front-bumper assembly, the mounting kit ensures proper alignment with the vehicle's airbag deployment strategy.

JPP grille and winch guard hoop (82215351 | $249): The grille and winch guard hoop is constructed from 2-inch black powder-coated steel and bolts to the Rubicon steel front bumper or JPP steel front bumper.

JPP 7-inch off-road LED light kit (82215386AB | $725): Emitting 8,000 lumens each, a pair of 7-inch off-road LED lights provides superior performance without shadows and gives increased visibility for a more illuminating off-road driving experience.

JPP swing gate hinge reinforcement (82215356AB | $625): On the rear of the vehicle, the JPP swing gate hinge reinforcement allows for a larger spare tire to be mounted on the swing gate. The reinforcement is powder-coated black and works with the production hinge for easy installation.

JPP oversized spare-tire carrier modification kit (82215355 | $275): On the rear of the vehicle, the kit provides various spacers to adjust the production spare-tire carrier in order to accommodate the larger wheel/tire assembly. The carrier is painted with a corrosion-resistant black finish.

Jeep Performance Parks high-mount stop light

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JPP Center High-Mount Stop Light (CHMSL) relocation kit (82215349AB | $85): The CHMSL relocation kit allows customers to add larger tires on the spare-tire mount on the rear of the vehicle and move the CHMSL to the center of the spare tire.

All-weather floor mats (82215986 | $165): All-weather floor mats feature high-wall, bucket-style construction in order to provide maximum coverage and protect floor areas from wetness, snow, mud, dirt and grime. The black, four-mat set includes a terrain-style surface design and red Jeep logo on the front mats.

Molded cargo tray kit (82215988 | $129): The molded cargo tray kit provides full coverage of cargo area and seat backs. The kit includes a cargo tray for the floor and two seat-back cover pieces (60/40 seat style). The cargo tray is black and features a red Jeep logo.

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