Posts Tagged: Wireless Charging

Fraunhofer Institute develops front-end wireless charging system

Most wireless EV charging systems use an induction coil on the underside of the vehicle and a floor-mounted charging station, but researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IISB) in Germany are developing an alternative method that makes the connection at the front end of the vehicle. This addresses a number… Read more »

Daimler and BMW commit to common technology for wireless charging

Daimler and BMW have agreed to jointly develop and implement a common technology for wireless charging. The system consists of two components: a secondary coil integrated into the under tray of the car and a primary coil integrated into a floor plate that can be placed on a garage floor. Electrical energy is transmitted at… Read more »

Honda EV parks and charges by itself

Honda is working on an EV that incorporates autonomous parking and wireless charging. The experimental vehicle, which is undergoing testing at a demonstration house outside Tokyo, can drive itself into a carport and position itself over a wireless charging pad. The human driver uses a smartphone to tell the car to park and initiate charging…. Read more »

Volvo may test dynamic wireless charging on Swedish city bus line

The Volvo Group is studying the possibility of developing a dynamic charging solution for city buses. Dynamic charging, in which vehicles are charged by an inductive charging coil in the roadbed, is generally considered to be several years from commercialization, although a group of Korean researchers has tested a prototype system. Volvo plans to develop… Read more »

Drayson’s next mission: commercialize wireless power transfer technology

Drayson Racing is familiar to Charged readers as the developer of the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV electric Grand Prix race car, which set a new FIA World Electric Land Speed Record in 2013, and uses a Qualcomm Halo wireless charging system. Now Lord Paul Drayson has launched a new business, building on Drayson Technologies’ expertise in the… Read more »

Audi plans to offer full range of e-trons – with wireless charging?

Audi’s TT Offroad concept PHEV, presented at the recent Beijing auto show, showcased several interesting features, including the Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix system, and a powertrain with two electric motors and 408 total horsepower. However, as Business Insider reports, most of the media buzz has been about Audi’s Wireless Charging technology, which the business… Read more »

OLEV Technologies’ dynamic wireless inductive system charges vehicles while in motion

When one thinks of Nikola Tesla and electric vehicles, the obvious connection points to Elon Musk’s favorite part-time project. However, we also have to give the Serbian inventor proper credit for pioneering technology that eventually may become even more important to EVs than battery breakthroughs. Tesla’s obsession with wireless power transmission defined much of his… Read more »

WiTricity licenses wireless charging patents to TDK

Wireless charging pioneer WiTricity has announced an intellectual property license agreement with TDK Corporation, which will enable the Japanese firm to commercialize WiTricity’s patented technology to create wireless charging systems for carmakers. TDK may be most familiar to (older) US readers for its high-quality cassette tapes, but in fact its forte is the manufacture of… Read more »

Audi presents PHEV concept with two electric motors and wireless charging

Audi is presenting a new concept PHEV at this week’s Beijing International Automobile Exhibition that showcases a number of cutting-edge technologies, including wireless charging. The Audi TT offroad concept is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB), the Volkswagen Group’s common engine-mounting core, which allows a model to be produced with different drivetrains (legacy, hybrid… Read more »

BRUSA announces a new generation of its inductive charging system

The Swiss firm BRUSA, which makes a range of electric powertrain components, including motors, controllers, power electronics, battery packs and onboard chargers, has started developing a new generation of its Inductive Charging System (ICS). The new wireless charger runs at 7.2 kW, twice the power of the previous version, with the same footprint. The company plans… Read more »