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Renault, which has worked with Better Place to give the Fluence electric vehicle its juice in Israel, is looking to Qualcomm for help with the emerging wireless charging trend. Renault and Qualcomm today announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding that they would cooperate "on the London trial of Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology." More importantly, the end goal here is to conduct "preliminary studies of the integration of this technology into Re


Readers of a certain age may remember the 1982 hit "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant. Now, Stanford University is putting its own spin on the concept.

Over the past year and a half, HaloIPT has been working hard at moving inductive power transfer – a wireless charging technology – from the labs at the University of Auckland where it was developed into actual vehicles, such as the Rolls Royce 102 EX. Apparently they've been doing something right because tech giant Qualcomm has just snapped them up, lock, stock and patent portfolio.

UK-based, HaloIPT is readying its in-road wireless charging system for plug-in vehicles and has inched closer the commercial launch by signing deals with two strategic production partners. HaloIPT will partner with Chargemaster in Europe and Evida Power in Asia to rush its inductive charging technology to market within the next 18 months.