Wireless charging tech licensed to Chargemaster
09 December 2014
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Wireless technology company Qualcomm has licensed its wireless charging technology to electric vehicle charging point manufacturer Chargemaster.
The deal means wireless charging will be rolled out across the UK from next year. The company claims it has installed more than 10,000 charging points which are 'wirelessly ready' and can be adapted to run the wireless charging systems. The firm is expecting fleets to use the wireless charging points.
The Qualcomm technology uses magnetic induction to transfer energy from a ground-based pad to a pad integrated into the vehicle, while the base pad and vehicle pad are coupled magnetically and the energy is transferred wirelessly to charge the vehicle's batteries.
The firm said the base pad can be mounted on a garage or road surface or buried underground.
Chargemaster claimed many car makers are planning to incorporate wireless charging equipment into their electric and plug-in vehicles in the near future.
"We have been working with Qualcomm for several years now and this investment is a natural progression. We are very excited about helping to bring the next major evolution in electric motoring to the market, making the electric driving experience even more enjoyable and practical for daily use," said David Martell, CEO of Chargemaster.
Between July and September 2014, 5059 Government plug in car grants - which reduces the price of electric vehicles by up to £5000 for cars and £7000 for vans - were provided according to Department for Transport figures.
The DfT claims that this figure is more than double the number of grants for the previous three-month period (2726 claims made) and almost a third of all of grants since the scheme was launched in 2010. By the end of September 16,149 claims were made.