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TDK moves quickly to commercialize wireless charging for electric cars

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Computerworld – TDK today announced that it plans to “quickly commercialize wireless power transfer systems” for charging electric vehicles and other electric mobility applications.

The announcement was made after TDK reached a licensing agreement with Watertown, Mass-based WiTricity, a maker of resonant magnetic coupling technology.

WiTricity’s technology allows vehicles enabled with wireless-charging receiving coils to park over a two-foot square pad, which then begins transferring electricity to the vehicle’s battery.

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WiTricity’s vehicle wireless power transfer pad and receiving coil. The receiving coil is bolted to the bottom of the vehicle.

“There is widespread recognition that wireless charging will be central to the growth of the electric vehicle market,” WiTricity CEO Alex Gruzen said in his company’s own statement on the deal. “We are proud to help advance the market for wireless charging with such an accomplished partner as TDK.”
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