Lear ‘to Develop, Make and Supply’ Using Qualcomm Halo Technology
Qualcomm and Lear Corp said this morning that they’ve entered into a license agreement for WEVC/wireless electric vehicle charging. Lear is to manufacture equipment to charge EVs inductively using Qualcomm Halo technology – no plugging-in.
“Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted Lear a royalty bearing license to develop, make and supply WEVC systems based on Qualcomm Halo technology,” states a release.
“Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. will provide technical expertise and engineering support.”
Multiple Programs, Multiple Customers
Further, they say, the two companies “are collaborating on multiple WEVC production programs across multiple car companies.”
“Qualcomm is providing Lear with a comprehensive technology transfer package, aimed to enhance their ability to develop commercially and technically viable WEVC systems and to support the future design of improved WEVC systems.”
Lear Said ‘Ideally Positioned’
According to Steve Pazol, VP and general manager for WEVC at Qualcomm, Lear is a global, Tier One supplier of high-power charging systems and related electronic components to the automotive industry, and “is ideally positioned to develop a broad portfolio of WEVC systems, including multi-coil, solenoid and circular systems that meet customer requirements.”
“With our success in EV and hybrid high power systems and proven program management capabilities we see wireless charging as a new opportunity to serve our customers in further developing their strategies for EVs in existing and new vehicle segments,” said Frank Orsini, senior vice president and president, Lear Electrical.
Lear has global centers of excellence for R&D, Orsini notes in the announcement.
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