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Drayson Racing Technologies licenses Qualcomm wireless charging for its products
11 September 2013
Drayson Racing Technologies LLP (DRT) and Qualcomm Incorporated have entered into a wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) licence agreement. The licence agreement enables DRT to include Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology in products that it supplies to customers in the motorsport and automotive sectors.
Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology enables the wireless charging of electric vehicles via a pad in parking space. The Qualcomm Halo WEVC system uses magnetic induction to couple power from a Base Charging Unit (BCU) to a Vehicle Charging Unit (VCU). Power is transferred to the VCU pad via magnetic coupling, and is used to charge the vehicle’s batteries. Efficiency levels of the Qualcomm Halo WEVC system are comparable to plug-in (conductive) charging systems, according to the company.
The license agreement builds upon the Oxford-based firm’s role as an Official WEVC Performance Motorsport Development Partner for Qualcomm Halo technology in high performance motorsport.
Qualcomm Europe Inc. announced in January this year its sponsorship of the Drayson Racing Team to promote Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology during the launch phase of the new FIA Formula E Championship.
DRT has been testing a specially developed 20 kW, high power Qualcomm Halo wireless charging system on the Drayson B12/69EV prototype electric racing car. DRT is developing systems for use on road going EVs and for electric racing cars that will participate in the forthcoming FIA Formula E Championship.
DRT and Qualcomm Europe have been testing the Qualcomm Halo WEVC system. Testing has taken place during high-speed trials and under racing conditions, including setting a new hill-climb electric vehicle record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and establishing a new world land speed record (subject to FIA homologation) in June of this year for sub-1000kg electric cars.
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