Qualcomm and Ricardo sign charging agreement

Qualcomm Incorporated and Ricardo have entered into a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology licence agreement.

Ricardo has licensed Qualcomm Halo technology to commercialise WEVC systems for plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted to Ricardo a royalty-bearing technology license to develop, make and supply WEVC systems for automobile manufacturers. Qualcomm subsidiaries will provide technical expertise and engineering support.

There is an increasing focus from automakers on hybrid and electric vehicles as they look to reduce exhaust emissions. Ricardo believes WEVC is an enabling technology for automakers to drive mass adoption of EV/PHEVs by simplifying the charging challenge and views Qualcomm Halo technology as an advanced WEVC solution.

‘The increasing electrification of transportation is important in enabling society to reduce its reliance upon CO2 emitting fossil fuels while also improving the quality of air in our towns and cities,’ said Dave Shemmans, CEO of Ricardo. ‘Wireless charging is a potentially very promising enabler for more widespread adoption of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, with consequent environmental benefits. I am extremely pleased, therefore, that through the agreement announced today, Ricardo is now able to engineer solutions based on Qualcomm Halo technology, as an integral part of our own portfolio of low and zero emission vehicle and transportation technologies.’