Qualcomm, maker of the Halo wireless charging system, has invested in Chargemaster, a UK-based manufacturer and operator of EV charging stations. The move will accelerate the planned UK deployment of Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology, Chargemaster said.
Chargemaster has produced more than 27,000 charging stations, and operates POLAR, the UK’s largest network of public charging points. The company sees a market for wireless charging at domestic, workplace and public locations, and has already installed more than 10,000 wireless-ready public and workplace charging points in the UK and Europe, which can be easily adapted to include the new WEVC systems.
Qualcomm’s Halo WEVC technology uses resonant magnetic induction to transfer energy from a ground-based pad to a pad integrated into the vehicle. The base pad may be mounted on a garage or road surface or buried below the ground.
“We have been working with Qualcomm for several years now and this investment is a natural progression,” said Chargemaster CEO David Martell. “We are very excited about helping to bring the next major evolution in electric motoring to the market, making the electric driving experience even more enjoyable and practical for daily use.”