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Ricardo to develop OE wireless charging for next-generation EVs

This grants Ricardo a royalty-bearing license to use the Qualcomm Halo technology in systems developed, built and supplied to vehicle manufacturers. This offers charging speeds of up to 22kW, which could restore 80% capacity in around an hour for compatible electric vehicles, simply by parking over an under-floor pad, but requires a receiver to be fitted to the car.

British firm Ricardo has close relationships with carmakers, and will receive technical expertise and engineering support from Qualcomm as it develops factory-fitted systems for hybrid and electric vehicles. It's hoped the agreement will helping mass adoption of electric vehicles by making charging easier. 

Dave Shemmans, CEO of Ricardo, said: “Wireless charging is a potentially very promising enabler for more widespread adoption of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, with consequent environmental benefits.”

Steve Pazol, vice president & general manager, wireless charging, Qualcomm Incorporated, added: “This collaboration further strengthens the Qualcomm Halo automotive supply chain, providing options for WEVC both to the traditional automakers and the burgeoning EV entrants.”

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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