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Qualcomm working on tech that charges Electronic vehicles on the move

19 May 2017

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.

Renault has revealed its vision for the future of electric auto recharging.

This demonstration is just the latest example of dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging, or DEVC. They even managed to get two cars to charge on the same road simultaneously, and at various speeds.

Driving two modified Renault Kangoo Z.E. vehicles, the team used the Halo wireless electric charging technology to pick up 20 kilowatts of charge while driving in either direction along a linear strip of FABRIC track.

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The charging demonstrations took place on a 100-metre test track, built by Vedecom at Satory, Versailles, near Paris, within the FABRIC project.

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

Cell phone processor and technology company Qualcomm Inc. has proposed another solution - EVs with small batteries that can draw their power from the electric chargers embedded in roads. There are 25 organizations tackling it, including automakers, suppliers and researchers from nine European countries, Qualcomm says. The initiative is being undertaken by 25 organisations from nine European countries, including vehicle makers, suppliers, and automotive research groups.

Qualcomm revealed the technology called dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC), which lets cars charge while driving.

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"Contributing to this exciting project has enabled us to test and further research dynamic charging on our Kangoo Z.E. vehicles", said Eric Feunteun, Electric Vehicle Program Director, Groupe Renault. "The installation of one of the world's first DEVC test platforms has provided us with a unique test facility and we look forward to expanding our expertise with the future testing". "We see dynamic charging as a great vision to further enhance the ease of use of EVs, and the accessibility of EVs for all".

"I am immensely proud of what we have achieved", says Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager for wireless charging within Qualcomm.

Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people.

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Qualcomm working on tech that charges Electronic vehicles on the move