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In light of Fisker's solid-state battery breakthrough and claims of a one minute charge time, will this electric vehicle technology development kick-start mass BEV uptake? 

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New wireless charging technology is revealed

HaloIPT has launched a new wireless charging technology that its makers say is set to revolutionize the electric vehicle market. The company says that the ability to wirelessly recharge electric vehicle batteries will give drivers the simplicity of automatic wire-free charging; as well as improving the range and performance of electric vehicles. Working in partnership with the Electric Car Corporation, the first car to be powered with HaloIPT technology is being demonstrated in London throughout this month.

HaloIPT is the first company in the world to bring to market Inductive Power Transfer (IPT) technology, which allows cars fitted with an integrated receiver pad to charge automatically whilst parked over transmitter pads buried into the ground. HaloIPT’s wireless charging pads are designed to function beneath asphalt, submerged in water or covered in ice and snow and are very tolerant to parking misalignment. The IPT systems can also be configured to power all road-based vehicles from small city cars to heavy-goods vehicles and buses.

In the future, infrastructure providers will be able to embed IPT technology into the road infrastructure so IPT cars can be charged on the move. This dynamic in-motion charging represents the most effective way of solving the range issues faced by electric vehicles today and will significantly reduce battery size requirements.

HaloIPT’s systems have also been designed to facilitate vehicle to grid charging. This allows an EV owner to charge their car at night when rates are cheaper, then feed surplus energy back into the grid at peak day rates, effectively generating income from their car.

Dr Anthony Thomson, CEO of HaloIPT, says: “Our vision at HaloIPT is to simplify and improve the electric car experience. This is like the shift to mobile phones and WiFi- we’re making it easier, simpler and safer to own and charge an electric vehicle. Keeping electric vehicle costs down has also been a key priority for us – our technology will not cost any more than the plug-in equivalent.

“We’re using IPT technology to finally break down the barriers to mass-market adoption of electric vehicles.”

HaloIPT is currently trialing prototype systems and running a series of pilot projects using its novel technology. The company aims to build a commercial-scale demonstration of its technology by 2012. HaloIPT is also developing wireless-charging solutions for fleet users of EVs too; recognizing that taxis, delivery vans and trucks will benefit greatly from a convenient, set-and-forget charging system. The company is currently pursuing strategic partnerships with manufacturers, EV automakers, OEMs, and energy and infrastructure providers.

4 November 2010


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