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Qualcomm shows off wireless charging for electric vehicles

Qualcomm shows off wireless charging for electric vehicles

Obvious advantages of dynamic wireless charging include reduced down time to allow electric vehicles to recharge, which can take hours on a fully depleted battery, potentially meaning never needing to plug an EV in again.

Not only would this technology be useful for current EV enthusiasts, but it would be huge for the widespread adoption of electric cars. With their new technology, called Halo Dynamic Electric Vehicle Charging (DEVC), an EV can charge itself via pads embedded into the road surface.

Vedecom, with the help of Qualcomm, has constructed a 100 metre charging-capable test track in Versailles, France, while Renault and Qualcomm collaborated on a pair of Renault Kangoo Z.E. electric vans fitted with the required charging hardware. The technology was able to charge the vehicles' batteries at speeds of over 100 km/h (62 mph), with them travelling in either direction. Now, the system will be handed to VEDECOM for several tests that have to be done on a larger scale, and to replicate practical scenarios including vehicle identification, authorization, agreement of power level between the track and vehicle, and the speed and alignment of the vehicle along the track.

The dynamic charging project began in 2017, with evaluation of the system set to take place until the end of 2017 with 25 partners and nine European countries involved in the program.

Commenting on the breakthrough made by the French auto maker and its new tech partners, head of Renault's electric vehicle program, Eric Feunteun said: "we see dynamic charging as a great vision to further enhance the ease of use and accessibility of EVs for all".

Audi launched connected vehicle technology in the 2017 model year with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 602A processor.

"The installation of one of the world's first DEVC test platforms has provided us with a unique test facility and we look forward to expanding our expertise with the future testing", Vedecom CEO Luc Marbach said in a statement. "We see dynamic charging as a great vision to further enhance the ease of use of EVs, and the accessibility of EVs for all".

In the short-term, dynamic charging is not expected to be an important part of the electric charging infrastructure in the automobile industry. "I am immensely proud of what we have achieved".

"The combination of a global team of expert engineers and Qualcomm Halo technology, which covers all aspects of WEVC systems, irrespective of the magnetics used, has enabled us to really push the boundaries of the possible and outline our vision for future urban mobility", said Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager for Wireless Charging at Qualcomm. For more information, visit Qualcomm's website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.


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