Qualcomm Shows Off Wireless EV Charging At Highway Speeds


Cell phone processor and technology company Qualcomm Inc. has proposed another solution - EVs with small batteries that can draw their power from the electric chargers embedded in roads.

Away from the dynamic charging road the Kangoo Z.E concept vehicle acts as normal electric vehicle which would circumvent the eventual issue that mot all areas may be able to be converted to powered roadways.

The power is then wirelessly transferred from the track to two 10 kW vehicle pads under the auto.

The new system, developed in conjunction with Qualcomm and urban mobility research organisation Vedecom takes the principles behind static wireless charging and applies them to moving vehicles at speed up to and beyond 100 km/h.

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With a successful test run, Qualcomm's DEVC will be turned over to French sustainability institute Vedecom, which, in turn, will perform more tests on behalf of the FABRIC project. Even better, the track can charge more than one vehicle traveling on it, without a degradation in output. Renault, Qualcomm Technologies and sustainable transportation company Vedecom have taken a step towards making that happen, with the recent demonstration of a dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system. So far, we know that Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom provided the dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system in the road, and Vedecom and Renault took care of the parts placed in the auto.

The video that Qualcomm put up for the public shows how, if this system works, will help you call a vehicle using your smartphone, pick you up, and then drop you at the destination autonomously.

"We are inventors. We are wireless electric vehicle charging". FABRIC has been under development since January 2014, and is supported by a group of 25 automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and research organizations from Europe. The main aim of FABRIC is to conduct feasibility analysis of wireless DEVC as a means of EV range extension. These tests will evaluate the operation, safety and efficiency of energy transfer to the vehicles for a wide range of practical scenarios including vehicle identification and authorization on entering track, power level agreement between track and vehicle, speed and alignment of vehicle along track. "I am immensely proud of what we have achieved".