It’s bleepin’ charging! Sorry, couldn’t resist. Considering the Chevrolet Volt is chock-full of technology, what-with it not having to use gasoline and all, GM has also decided that such a vehicle should be able to move beyond the conventional cigarette lighter phone charger and all of its wiring — to a much more convenient method. Say hello to Powermat, as it’s destined to be charging phones in a Volt near you by 2012.
To get Powermat into the Volt, GM had to fork over $5 million for a 1-year deal of exclusivity. Hopefully GM will sell enough Volt’s for the venture to pay for itself. In case you are unfamiliar, Powermat uses inductive charging to power up just about any phone, MP3 player or portable gaming device via a panel emitting an electromagnetic field.