Recharge Wrap-up: VW diesel scandal investigation widens in Germany, Illinois sues VW

Qualcomm partners with Preh to commercialize wireless charging.

German prosecutors say they are investigating Volkswagen advisory board chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch. The confirmation officially widens the probe targeting VW brand Chief Executive Herbert Diess and former CEO Martin Winterkorn to include Poetsch over suspected market manipulation. Prosecutors in Braunschweig, Germany suspect that in 2015, Volkswagen withheld financial information related to its emissions scandal that could have been divulged sooner. Germany's transport authority is also looking into new information involving Audi using emissions cheat software. Read more from Reuters.

Illinois is suing Volkswagen over diesel emissions. Illinois is the 19th state to sue the automaker for emissions violations related to its cheat software for emissions testing. Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed the suit with the Cook County Circuit Court seeking penalties for breaking state environmental laws. VW says it will review the complaint, but notes that it has already agreed to fix or buy back the some 29,800 affected vehicles in the state, has established an environmental trust in the US, and has invested in EV infrastructure and awareness. Read more at Automotive News .

Qualcomm and J oyson Electronics Group subsidiary Preh have entered a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) agreement. As part of the agreement, Preh will help to develop and build WEVC technology based on Qualcomm's Halo system and supply it to EV manufacturers. "The inclusion of Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology in our product portfolio is a key development to enhance our e-mobility offering," says Preh Executive Director Michael Bischoff. "We have strong relationships with all the major global automotive manufacturers and are excited to commercialize higher power WEVC solutions for our customers, with the ultimate aim to enhance the EV driver experience." Read more from Qualcomm.

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