GM on Monday announced that the 2015 Cadillac ATS will launch with support for wireless charging, thanks to a partnership with Powermat. After that car is released, GM will follow-up with the deployment of Powermat wireless charging inside of the Escalade SUV and the CTS sports sedan, the company said.
Wireless charging is still in relative infancy and there are several competing standards. Powermat is from the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), though Qi is another option that was developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). GM specifically names Powermat in its release, though told Slashgear that it will also offer the option for Qi wireless charging. Qi powers devices like the Nexus 5 and a range of Lumia Windows Phone handsets, though AT&T backs the PMA and instead sells phones with support for that option.
GM said the charging mat will be “located inside the storage bin behind the fully motorized center instrument panel faceplate of the ATS,” which keeps it out of the view of the driver on purpose to prevent distraction. Neither GM nor Powermat stated how much the option will cost.