Wireless power pioneer joins forces with tier one supplier to design systems for 2019 models
WATERTOWN, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 20, 2016 — WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, today announced they are collaborating with Prodrive Technologies, tier-1 supplier of power electronics and sensors, to design a high-performance 11kW wireless charging system. The two companies were selected to design the system by a leading European carmaker that plans to release its first wirelessly-charged vehicles in 2019.
Electrified vehicles (EV), both battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), are a strategic focus for carmakers across the globe, to improve fuel economy and reduce the CO2 emissions of their fleets. Carmakers understand that an efficient, customer-friendly, and ultimately autonomous wireless charging experience is key to expanding the sales of electrified vehicles. WiTricity and Prodrive are helping enable that experience by bringing best-of-breed expertise to this new charging system's design. WiTricity will provide its foundational magnetic resonance intellectual property, complete reference designs and consulting services to the project. Based on the WiTricity designs, Prodrive will develop and industrialize an automotive mass market system and implement the automaker’s specific requirements. Prodrive has deep experience in the technology, engineering practices and highly automated manufacturing processes needed to supply power electronics on a Tier 1 basis to automakers. By incorporating WiTricity technology, the resulting Prodrive system will be capable of charge rates up to 11kW at high efficiency, comparable to the efficiency of today’s wired charging systems. Energy transfer up to 22kW for automotive is also being researched. Prodrive will deliver an “end to end system,” including the components that are integrated with the vehicle to “capture” the wireless power, and the garage floor-mounted charging pad and wall box that serves as the source of the wireless power.
"We are proud to have been selected, alongside WiTricity, by one of the world's top carmakers for this project. Our ability to deliver automotive-grade power electronics at scale, combined with WiTricity's expertise and product offerings in wireless charging technology, creates a unique partnership that is enabling this innovative 11 kW design," said Pieter Janssen, CEO and Co-founder, Prodrive Technologies. "We are excited to be collaborating on this project and look forward to working with WiTricity in the future, as wireless power will be a key technology in the automotive market, with industrial and medical applications as well.”
“Wireless charging is emerging as a critical technology for automakers worldwide, particularly as autonomous vehicles become central to future product strategy. Being awarded this project by one of the world's leading brands is a testament to our technology leadership and we're proud to be working with Prodrive to make it happen," said Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity. "With Prodrive’s experience in automotive power electronics and sensors—and their extensive automated manufacturing capabilities, Prodrive is a strong partner for us in our mission to accelerate the deployment of efficient, fast and convenient wireless EV charging."
WiTricity is working with major automakers and Tier 1 suppliers like Prodrive to bring wireless EV charging to a commercial reality, with the first wirelessly charged vehicles set to be released in 2017. The company is helping to drive international standards efforts through its leadership and participation in industry groups including the SAE (Global), IEC/ISO (Global), DKE (Germany) and CATARC (China).
WiTricity Corporation provides technology to enable wireless power transfer over distance using magnetic resonance. Through deep domain expertise, semiconductor offerings, a strong IP portfolio and an extensive reference design library, WiTricity works with innovative companies to incorporate WiTricity technology in their products and solutions. With a growing list of global customers in the consumer electronics, automotive, medical devices and defense industries, the company has emerged as the leader in wireless power transfer over distance. For more information, visit www.witricity.com, or follow WiTricity on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About Prodrive Technologies
Prodrive Technologies is a rapidly growing industrial technology company based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands that develops and produces power electronics, controls, and sensor systems for automotive, semiconductor, and medical equipment industries. Automotive products include electric powertrain components such as wireless charging systems, DC/DC converters and inverters. Besides power electronics, Prodrive offers air quality sensors, electronic control units and telematics systems. Since its founding in 1993, Prodrive has expanded its global footprint to include sales and support throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, and manufacturing locations in the Netherlands, and Suzhou, China. Prodrive will soon break ground on a new highly automated “lights out” manufacturing facility in Weymouth, Massachusetts to serve its North American customers. For more information visit www.prodrive-technologies.com, or follow Prodrive on Linkedin, Youtube and Facebook.