Wireless charging pioneer WiTricity has partnered with ABT e-Line, a provider of aftermarket automotive solutions, to deliver aftermarket wireless EV charging solutions in Europe. ABT e-Line will initially upgrade the VW ID.4 to support WiTricity’s wireless charging system. Availability is targeted for early 2024.
ABT e-Line plans to extend wireless charging capability to additional EVs, including the Audi e-Tron GT, Porsche Taycan and Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
According to the companies, several studies have found that 96 percent of EV consumers have expressed an interest in wireless charging.
WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology allows drivers to charge their EV simply by parking over a charging pad. It supports SAE standards for wireless charging, ensuring that the ABT e-Line vehicles and WiTricity chargers will interoperate with equipment from other manufacturers.
“ABT e-Line’s strong track record in customizing vehicles to meet the stringent demands of discerning customers fits perfectly with the wireless charging technology from WiTricity,” says Eric Plekkepoel, CEO of ABT e-Line.
“Our proven, automotive-grade charging solutions will help address many of the electrification challenges by making charging as easy as parking,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO of WiTricity. “Charging with a cord or cable is inconvenient, as they can be heavy, bulky or trip hazards—and that’s before you add arms full of kids or backpacks, rainy weather or snowbanks. Wireless charging removes those inconveniences, so owners can simply park and charge.”