Wireless Charging Trial To Begin In London Next Year
Qualcomm announced on Tuesday that it had acquired the assets and technology of New Zealand firm HaloIPT, including its Inductive Power Transfer (IPT) system. In May, HaloIPT had formed a strategic partnership with Luton-based charging point manufacturer Chargemaster to create a UK-wide network using the technology, a relationship which will continue.
Inductive charging allows power to be transmitted efficiently across a large air gap, meaning drivers can park their car and the system automatically aligns for power transfer. The trial will be open to any companies wishing to participate, and a steering committee comprising representatives from TfL, the Mayor of London’s office and central Government will be established to oversee the process.
Tech City, located in East London, is home to more than 600 firms and received extra tax credits from the Prime Minister today. It is hoped that the wireless charging trial will encourage these firms to develop services and applications for electric vehicle owners.
Prime minister David Cameron said: ‘This wireless charging technology is a giant leap forward for the electric car industry and I am delighted that London businesses will be among the first to benefit from the trial.
‘Creative, high-tech advances such as this are extremely important as we work to rebalance our economy, and the decision to trial this at Tech City shows confidence in the UK as an ideal place for innovation and investment.’
Companies interested in participating can register online at www.qualcomm.com/wireless-ev-charging