Renault plugs into Qualcomm for wireless charging

July 27, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Wireless technology company Qualcomm and carmaker Renault signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning their intended cooperation on the London trial of Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology, and their intent with respect to conducting preliminary studies of the integration of this technology into Renault vehicles. Renault will also join the London trial steering committee.

In November 2011, Qualcomm announced a WEVC trial in London to commence in 2012 that is supported by a cross section of stakeholders ranging from government departments and agencies to commercial and private sector enterprises. The objectives of the trial are to evaluate the commercial viability of wireless EV charging and gain user feedback on the use of WEVC-enabled vehicles.

The Halo technology enables wireless charging without the requirement to align the vehicle very exactly to the charging coil. Thus, expensive positioning electronics becomes redundant.

“Our intended participation in the WEVC London trial with Qualcomm complements Renault's European research and development project involving 10 partners to demonstrate wireless inductive charging of electric vehicles in a public environment with a high level of performance and safety,” said Jacques Hebrard, vice president of Energy and Environment Advanced Projects director at Renault. “The deployment of wireless inductive charging requires inter-operability between cars and ground systems within common European and, hopefully, worldwide standards.”

At a later yet undefined point in time, Renault also intends to test the Halo technology in its own cars. During the WEVC trial in London, vehicles from Delta Motorsports will be used.