With the launch of the Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging trial, the electric vehicle industry takes a major step towards achieving more convenience. Wireless technology company Qualcomm is operating this trial, which makes use of its induction charging system. Because of this, the need for a physical connection between the car and power source is removed. By forming a magnetic field with an induction loop in a pad positioned in the floor, the electric current could be sent securely and efficiently to an opposing pad attached to the battery of the vehicle. It’s claimed that this system is not expected to be slower and is just marginally less efficient than when a physical connection is used.
This technology has been seen before in smart phones and electric toothbrushes as well as in several prototype cars such as the Rolls Royce Phantom EE. Qualcomm hopes that by making it more convenient, there will be a higher electric vehicle uptake towards a critical mass so that it will reach the volumes required to make the venture successful. This two-year scheme will evaluate if a national rollout is feasible and commercially viable.
During the first phase, the privately run test vehicles will operate in the capital. These Delta E4 Coupes, which are equipped with wireless induction technology, are the creations of Silverstone based motorsport outfit Delta. Renault will participate in this scheme with its Fluence saloon in 2013. Renault has made a huge investment in the electric drive so it considers this project to be particularly important.