Wireless Charging for Electric Cars in London

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After its acquisition of HaloIPT, Qualcomm announced that it would be showcasing the technologies of the new merger. HaloIPT is a company that specializes in wireless electric vehicle charging while Qualcomm is one of the world’s largest wireless technology companies.

The announcement was made last week in East London’s Tech City, the city’s premiere district for technology companies. Qualcomm said that it would be demonstrating HaloIPT's technology in London by 2012. Amongst the attendees were Prime Minister David Cameron, whose government has been pursuing the Tech City initiative and London Mayor Boris Johnson, a supporter of the project.

The trial would be showcasing the inductive power transfer technology. This technology charges an electric vehicle’s batteries wirelessly, without use of cables or plugs. This is done through a transmitter pad embedded in the ground that connects with a receiver pad in the vehicle and the power is transmitted wirelessly through the electromagnetic induction between the two different pads.

One of the projects that HaloIPT announced prior to its acquisition by Qualcomm was the demonstration of the charging concept on a racecourse in England. For its acquisition, no details were provided by Qualcomm.

With the projected trials, the wireless conglomerate hopes to highlight the breakthroughs that HaloIPT technologies provide because the induction of the pads can be maintained even without precise alignment. The company is projecting that the trial would be undertaken with an initial fifty (50) units.

According to Andrew Gilbert, the Executive Vice President for European Innovation Development at Qualcomm, “The system will magnetically optimize the connection, so it doesn’t matter if you are slightly askew while charging or terrible at parking your car like me.” He further adds, “This makes the system easy to use and easy to fit.”

The project is supported by the British Government, London City agencies and other private industry partners. One of the partners includes Addison Lee, one of the largest minicab companies in London. It would include several of its cabs in the trial through attachment of wireless pads while Transport for London, one of the city’s agency’s, would be assisting in the location of charging points. The infrastructure would be developed by Chargemaster and its system would deliver the needed electrical power to the charging points. The whole system would be put in place by the first half of 2012 and the trials would commence by the latter half of the year.

Qualcomm is based in San Diego Ca. and is best known for mobile communications technology such as the wireless CDMA protocol used in the United States telecommunications networks of Verizon and Sprint. The company owns the patents for the CDMA technologies and licenses its technology to equipment manufacturers.