Wireless charging pioneer WiTricity and Netherlands-based Tier 1 supplier Prodrive Technologies have announced that they are collaborating to design an 11 kW wireless charging system for an unnamed European carmaker that plans to release its first wirelessly charged vehicles in 2019.
WiTricity will provide its magnetic resonance intellectual property, reference designs and consulting services. Based on the WiTricity designs, Prodrive will develop and industrialize an automotive mass market system and implement the automaker’s specific requirements.
Prodrive will deliver an end-to-end system, including the components that are integrated into the vehicle, the garage floor-mounted charging pad, and the wall box that provides the power.
“Our ability to deliver automotive-grade power electronics at scale, combined with WiTricity’s expertise and product offerings in wireless charging technology, creates a unique partnership that is enabling this innovative 11 kW design,” said Pieter Janssen, CEO of Prodrive Technologies.
“With Prodrive’s experience in automotive power electronics and sensors, and their extensive automated manufacturing capabilities, Prodrive is a strong partner for us in our mission to accelerate the deployment of wireless EV charging,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO of WiTricity.