Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Wireless charging for electric vehicles demonstrated

Wireless charging for electric vehicles demonstrated

He calls DEVC "a solid, robust, and fit for goal dynamic charging system for electric vehicles". The system is also capable of simultaneous charging in which two vehicles using the same track can charge dynamically at the same time.

The technology, being developed by Qualcomm with help from Renault and Vedecom, a French think tank that promotes future mobility solutions, would enable electric cars to charge their batteries while on the move. "Our research engineers have worked very closely with the Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom teams to complete the DEVC system integration demonstration as part of FABRIC".

Advantages of dynamic wireless charging extend to reduced recharging down time, which potentially could lead to never having to plug an EV in again.

Based on the Qualcomm Halo wireless electric vehicle charging technology (WEVC), the DEVC system charged two Renault Kangoo vehicles as they drove over a 100-meter, custom-built FABRIC test track in Versailles, France. Renault, Qualcomm Technologies and sustainable transportation company Vedecom have taken a step towards making that happen, with the recent demonstration of a dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system.

Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager, Wireless Charging, Qualcomm Incorporated, said, "We are inventors".

Vedecom will use the facility to conduct feasibility testing, including the system's safety, ability to identify (and therefore correctly invoice) vehicles, any potential charging alignment issues, and power transfer capabilities between the vehicle and the road. Qualcomm says that 25 organisations are tackling this technology including automakers, suppliers and researchers from nine European countries. "I am immensely proud of what we have achieved". The initiative is being undertaken by 25 organisations from nine European countries, including auto makers, suppliers, and automotive research groups.

Already partly funded by the European Union, the wireless charging project will continue testing until December before a feasibility study begins to address the technological and economic implications of rolling out the wireless charging on European roads.

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