When the words "wireless charging" and "hybrid vehicle" get bunched together, electric vehicle fans get a specific image in their head. When it comes to the new Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited, though, think cell phone, not a parking space with a resonance pad.
The Japanese automaker, which started selling the updated 2013 versions of both the standard Avalon and Avalon Hybrid this month, is offering a feature that lets drivers of both models charge up their portable devices wirelessly inside the car.
The so-called Qi wireless charging system involves a charging pad that's located beneath a lid inside the car's center console. Put your phone on the lid's "high-friction" service and, voila, instant juice. Toyota says 34 cell phone models, including the LG Google Nexus 4 and Nokia Lumia 920, are compatible with the system, which Toyota says is the first of its kind in the world.
The Avalon Hybrid was rated this summer to get the magic 40 miles per gallon in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway. Check out Toyota's press release below.