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Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Could Eliminate Range Anxiety

Charging your car without the use of wires — and while driving down the road, no less — sounds a lot like a pipe dream, eh?

Not so.

Wireless tech giant Qualcomm acquired innovative New Zealand startup HaloIPT late last year and has announced that they will soon begin testing the new inductive charging technology in London. The company has kept the original name, dubbing the technology the Qualcomm Halo.

According to Think Progress, “San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. recently announced that it has partnered with the automaker Renault for a field trial of its new wireless electric vehicle charging system later this year in London.”
How does the inductive EV charging work?

Wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) technology uses magnetic induction to couple power from a base charging unit (BCU) to a vehicle charging unit (VCU). Power is transferred to the VCU pad via magnetic coupling, and is used to charge the vehicle’s batteries. Communication between the VCU and BCU ensures minimal impact on the grid.

The interesting thing is that the charging capability is equal to plug-in charging, does not interfere with other electronics, and does not require precision parking to work effectively.


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