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Qualcomm & Ricardo Sign WEVC Pact

April 4, 2016 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Ricardo Sees WEVC as an Enabling Technology for Automakers’

With automakers placing orders, Qualcomm and Ricardo reported a licensing agreement whereby Ricardo is licensed to develop, make and supply WEVC/wireless electric vehicle charging systems for vehicle manufacturers using Qualcomm Halo technology. updated April 5&7

Ricardo hopes to speed the commercialization of Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology.

Ricardo hopes to speed the commercialization of Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology.



“Ricardo sees WEVC as an enabling technology for automakers to drive mass adoption of EV/PHEVs by simplifying the charging challenge,” states a joint release. “Ricardo views Qualcomm Halo technology as an advanced WEVC solution that has the potential to encourage more widespread adoption of EVs, meeting the requirements of automakers and drivers for simple and convenient EV charging.”

Qualcomm subsidiaries will provide technical expertise and engineering support, states a release.

“Ricardo brings a wealth of automotive engineering expertise and a real focus on performance, advanced engineering solutions, and a deep understanding of the direction the automobile industry is headed,” Qualcomm wireless charging VP and general manager Steve Pazol says in the announcement.

‘Simplifying the Charging Challenge’

“Ricardo sees WEVC as an enabling technology for automakers to drive mass adoption of EV/PHEVs by simplifying the charging challenge,” states a joint release. “Ricardo views Qualcomm Halo technology as an advanced WEVC solution that has the potential to encourage more widespread adoption of EVs, meeting the requirements of automakers and drivers for simple and convenient EV charging.”

Pazol sees the fast-emerging autonomous vehicle sector as being a prime candidate for WEVC: “I don’t know how a self-driving car is going to plug itself in,” he says.

“Multiple auto OEMs are making investments,” he told F&F. “I’m seeing a lot of RFPs.”

Taxis Waiting in a Queue? ‘Perfect’

“They’re looking beyond prototypes,” says Ricardo executive VP Paul Rivera. “This is not R&D.”

“We see it as critical to the future of the automotive world,” he says. “It just makes things more convenient.

“For fleets it brings on a whole new range of opportunities,” he adds. “You don’t have to train the staff. It also eliminates safety concerns.

Qualcomm Halo envisions parking spaces fitted with inductive charging equipment capable of charging an EV wirelessly.

Qualcomm Halo envisions parking spaces fitted with inductive charging equipment capable of charging an EV wirelessly.

“I think you’ll see it on premium OEMs and I think we’ll see it on specific fleets where it makes sense out of the gate,” Rivera says, like depot-based delivery fleets. Taxis waiting in a queue, he told F&F, represent “the perfect application.”

OEMs Are Participating in J2954

Both executives noted the presence of multiple OEMs on the SAE J2954 committee that’s developing WEVC standards. Rivera said he thinks the technology will go commercial before standards are finalized, especially for consumer vehicles where interoperability is less crucial.

“Ricardo can help Qualcomm with the in-vehicle engineering,” he says.

The new collaboration “further strengthens the Qualcomm Halo automotive supply chain, providing options for WEVC both to the traditional automakers and the burgeoning EV entrants,” said Pazol.


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Source: Ricardo and Qualcomm with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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