GM has just announced that the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe and Sedan models will be compatible with Powermat as well as other in-phone wireless charging technology. For those who don’t know how this technology works, it is quite simple: Powermant enables the phone to sit on a rubberized pad and have its battery recharged by means of an electromagnetic field.
GM says that the Powermat can be used for the majority of the smartphones that have wireless charging wither embedded or as an option. As you can see from the photos and video, the wireless charging feature is located inside the storage bin behind the center instrument panel faceplate.
This means that the driver can be focused on the wheel and just use the Bluetooth technology to pair his phone to the vehicle.
A main requirement and the major development focus of the Cadillac ATS was to make it one of the lightest in its segment. This was to be done with a nuance that ensured a sleek drive experience.
A light weight allows Cadillac’s ATS to be nimbler and to feel more controllable, while, at the same time, maximise the engine’s performance and effectiveness. But Cadillac’s team had to make sure that the lower weight still maintained the Cadillac signature refinement levels.
Maximising the ATS's weight resulted from a four-part philosophy that involved a firm adherence to original architecture objectives, precise vehicle load management, testing every component to ascertain if lighter options were available, and a complete culture that considered every component’s mass to every facet of development.
An aluminium hood, engine mount brackets made of magnesium, and light door trim panels from natural fibres were a part of the Cadillac ATS achieving a low overall weight. This reflects the methodical approach of analysing every single gram in the vehicle. But some mass was not just beneficial, but imperative to the ATS's drive experience, such as with the differential made from cast iron: it was found that a cast iron differential could improve fuel efficiency more than if it were made of lighter aluminium.