General Motors is planning to launch DockSpot, an inductive charging system, in select 2015 model year vehicles, based on new dealership order guides, GM Authority has learned. The feature will allow certain smartphones to be charged inductively (without wires), simply by placing them in a designated place.
The first vehicles to receive DockSpot will be the 2015 Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans, but the feature is scheduled for interim availability during the 2015 model year. Although not mentioned in the order guides, the Chevrolet Volt is likely next in line to receive the feature, possibly followed by the Cadillac ELR and several other models, which are currently undisclosed.
We say this because back in 2011, GM announced inductive charging functionality for the 2012 Chevy Volt. For whatever reason, however, the technology never made its way to market. Even so, GM will be one of the first automakers to make inductive charging available on a production vehicle, providing The General with obvious competitive and mind share advantages.
Stay tuned as we learn more.