Delta Motorsport joins UK inductive charging trial
Delta’s E-4 electric coupe (pictured) will be fitted with the Qualcomm Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging System (WEVC), in a move similar to the partnership announced with Renault for its Z.E. vehicles last week.
Based out of East London’s Tech City, the trial will include providing government departments and agencies with the technology to test its suitability for a nationwide roll-out.
Californian manufacturer Qualcomm acquired New Zealand-based technology company HaloIPT last year, including its inductive power transfer (IPT) system. HaloIPT had been working with Luton-based charging point manufacturer Chargemaster on a collaborative UK-wide inductive charging network – work which is understood to be continuing under Qualcomm ownership.
Anthony Thomson, vice president of business development and marketing at Qualcomm Europe Inc, said: ‘Delta Motorsport has developed an advanced passenger EV that is a good platform to demonstrate our Qualcomm Halo Wireless EV Charging in pre-commercial deployments. Delta brings high-performance automotive engineering design to the London WEVC trial and the Delta E-4 Coupe displays technology at the cutting edge of EV innovation.’
Nick Carpenter, technical director at Delta Motorsport, added: ‘Wireless EV Charging is the next technology step for the Delta E-4 Coupe, while the integration of Qualcomm Halo EV charging technology into the Delta E-4 Coupe and rigorous user testing in the London trial will help us better understand future EV engineering challenges.’