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Charging Electric Vehicles Wirelessly

wireless, charging, EV, car, race car, racer, Formula E, Drayson, Qualcomm, Halo, Infrastructure, road Formula E, the newest form of auto racing, is set to prove that electric vehicles have speed to burn while also pushing the envelope in automotive technology.

Qualcomm recently announced that its Halo wireless charging technology will be used to recharge safety vehicles working on the Formula E circuit.

While the actual Formula E racers will be recharged by convention plug-in stations, creating an infrastructure where vehicles can be wirelessly charged may have profound implications. According to Qualcomm, the current Halo wireless charging system operates by having a vehicle park over a wireless charging pad. The vehicle can recharge its battery as long as it stays over the pad.

Although having static charging stations has obvious benefits for EVs, Qualcomm also said that dynamic wireless charging is right around the corner. In fact, the company’s CMO Anand Chandrasekher has said that Formula E racecars could have the ability to recharge while racing as early as next season – and that’s a game changer.

If dynamic wireless charging technology could be built into our infrastructure, EV limitations like range and battery cost could be dramatically reduced. Vehicles that could travel without concern for range could even eliminate the need for back-up internal combustion engines.
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