WiTricity bought more than 1,500 patents and patent applications for wireless electric vehicle charging technologies from QualcommFebruary 12, 2019
The American company WiTricity, which specializes in wireless charging of electric vehicles, has acquired technology Qualcomm Halo. Both companies do not disclose the details of the transaction, but it is known that the latter will eventually become a minority shareholder of WiTricity. This will enable WiTricity to access more than 1,500 patents for wireless chargers, as well as patent applications, through which wireless charging technology can become the industry standard for electric vehicles.
As a division of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), WiTricity has created a system that provides for the use of a fixed platform that transmits energy through electromagnetic induction to a receiver installed in the bottom of an electric vehicle. The prototype of such a system with a capacity of 7.7 to 11 kW, developed in partnership with General Motors, was demonstrated in 2016. Then the company announced that wireless charging can be installed in parking lots and garages, and the technology itself is compatible with any model or platform of an electric vehicle. Soon WiTricity entered into agreements with Toyota and supplier GM Delphi, and Intel and Foxconn were among those willing to invest in the development.
In turn, Qualcomm acquired Halo technology at the University of Auckland in 2011 as part of a deal worth several million dollars. Currently, the company is working on a dynamic electric vehicle charging system – Dynamic Electric Vehicle Charging (DEVC), which allows electric cars to receive energy directly in motion. To do this, special transmitters are built into the roadway, and receivers are built into the bottom of the car.
WiTricity and Qualcomm clearly set a course to overcome the same problem: the industry’s dependence on the use of manual-type charging stations and various ports. Both companies are ready to start testing a new unified wireless charging platform and are focused on its widespread introduction for next-generation electric cars.
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