CARS.COM — For years, automakers have promised in-car wireless charger systems and they’re finally rolling out at a feverish pace. Toyota, Lexus, Jeep, Cadillac, Dodge, GMC and Chevrolet currently offer wireless chargers, and more automakers will follow. The catch is, of course, compatibility considering not all phones can be charged using these chargers, including my iPhone 6.
Since Apple’s lineup of older iPhones isn’t compatible with wireless chargers, I set out to adapt my iPhone 6 to test out the optional car charger system in a 2015 Lexus NX 300h from Car.com’s test fleet.
How does the technology work? Lexus, Toyota and many other automakers use the Qi (pronounced “chee”) standard for wireless charging backed by the Wireless Power Consortium, a group of technology and infrastructure manufacturers that support the Qi standard. There isn’t a universal standard, which is why all phones and accessories aren’t interchangeable. GM uses Powermat wireless charging in its Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC vehicles, a separate standard from Qi akin to HD-DVD versus Blu-ray. But in a win for consumers, GM’s system is dual compatible with Qi devices.