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Halo wireless charging trial launches


Qualcomm’s induction charging kit can be installed underneath the road surface and is unaffected by adverse weather

Electric vehicle technology today took a step towards greater convenience, with the launch of the Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging trial.

Operated by wireless technology firm Qualcomm, the trial involves the use of the company’s induction charging system, which eliminates the need for a physical connection between the car and power source.

By creating a magnetic field using an induction loop in a pad installed in the floor, electric current can be sent safely and efficiently to an opposing pad connected to a vehicle’s battery.

The system is claimed to be no slower and only marginally less efficient than using a physical connection. It is not the first time the technology has been seen, as it has also been used for smartphones and electric toothbrushes, as well as used on a number of prototype cars, including the Rolls-Royce Phantom EE.

Qualcomm hopes the increase in convenience will tip electric vehicle uptake towards a critical mass, where it will see the volumes needed to make the venture a success.
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