Qualcomm and Renault announce cooperation on wireless charging

They will be cooperating on the London trial of Qualcomm’s Halo wireless EV charging system, and will study the integration of the technology into Renault vehicles.

Chip maker Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) and Renault announced today that they will be cooperating on the London trial of Qualcomm’s Halo wireless EV charging system, and will study the integration of the technology into Renault vehicles.

Qualcomm’s inductive charging system, which it acquired in its recent takeover of HaloIPT, transfers energy from an iPad-size plate on or under the roadway to another plate on the underside of an EV. The company is working with Transport for London on a two-year program in which fifty EVs are testing wireless recharging systems in the British capital.

“We are very excited about the prospects of working with Renault, a global leader in electric vehicles and an innovator in the growing low carbon vehicle market,” said Qualcomm VP Anthony Thomson. “Renault’s participation in the London trial aligns with Qualcomm’s drive to make charging of electric vehicles simple and effortless.”

“Our intended participation in the WEVC London trial with Qualcomm complements Renault’s European research and development project involving 10 partners to demonstrate wireless inductive charging of electric vehicles in a public environment with a high level of performance and safety,” said Renault VP Jacques Hebrard. “The deployment of wireless inductive charging requires inter-operability between cars and ground systems within common European and, hopefully, worldwide standards.”

 

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