GM to Add Wireless Phone Charging

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If you’re a gadget geek, you’ve probably heard of or seen the Powermat, the home and portable device that recharges your phone wirelessly. You put a case around your phone, and when it’s placed on the mat, the battery is recharged through magnetic induction.

That technology is coming to products across GM’s lineup, but it will be first offered in the Chevy Volt … sometime around the middle of 2012. That deflates the excitement a bit, doesn’t it?

We like the idea, though, especially because the Powermat requires a special case and will likely have people buying a charger for home as well so they can go between the home and car without removing the case.

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