Qualcomm's Electric Vehicle Dynamic Technology Let's the Road Charge Your Car

James Marshall
May 20, 2017

"If a vehicle can be charged as it goes, it doesn't need to pull up at the side of the road be plugged into an electrical supply; it can, in theory, run indefinitely", explains Technology Review.

Two Renault Kangoo vehicles with Qualcomm's Halo DEVC system were tested on the tracks and charged simultaneously.

The new system, developed in conjunction with Qualcomm and urban mobility research organisation Vedecom takes the principles behind static wireless charging and applies them to moving vehicles at speed up to and beyond 100 km/h.

To prove the system works, Renault has built a 100-metre test track near its Paris HQ to show the technology in action as two adapted Renault Kangoo ZEs travel along the road.

Electric vehicle charging is one area where Qualcomm could grow as it strives to reduce its dependence on a cooling smartphone market.

Qualcomm has debuted an evolutionary version of its "Halo" wireless charging system capable of providing charge to an electric vehicle while it's travelling at highway speeds. The system is also planned to offer additional functions such as identifying and authorizing cars entering the charging track, as well as detecting the alignment and speed of the charging vehicle. That's why Renault has teamed up with United States tech industry giant Qualcomm and French technology institute Vedecom to side-step the EV recharging stop altogether, creating an electric auto charging system which works on the move. Undertaken by a consortium of 25 partners from nine European countries, it concentrates on the technological, economic, and socio-environmental viability of wireless DEVC.

"We are inventors. We are WEVC. This dynamic charging demonstration is the embodiment of this", said Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager, Wireless Charging, Qualcomm Incorporated. The initiative is being undertaken by 25 organisations from nine European countries, including auto makers, suppliers, and automotive research groups. "I am immensely proud of what we have achieved". "Our engineers have worked very closely with Qualcomm Technologies". The main aim of FABRIC is to conduct feasibility analysis of wireless DEVC as a means of EV range extension.

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