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Delphi to Develop Wireless EV Charging Solution

Wireless EV charging scheme from DelphiWireless EV charging scheme from Delphi
After Evatran announced back in August it is testing a wireless charging system for electric vehicles that will likely hit the market in 2011, it’s now Delphi’s turn to announce a similar move. The company partnered with WiTricity to develop automatic wireless charging products for hybrid and electric vehicles.

The wireless charging system would involve no plugs or charging cords. Drivers would simply park their electric vehicle over a wireless energy source that sits on the garage floor, or is embedded in a paved parking spot. The system will automatically transfer power to the battery charger on the vehicle.

“This is groundbreaking technology that could enable automotive manufacturers to integrate wireless charging directly into the design of their hybrid and electric vehicles,” said Randy Sumner, director, global hybrid vehicle development, Delphi Packard Electrical/Electronic Architecture. “Delphi’s expertise in global engineering, validation and manufacturing coupled with WiTricity’s patented wireless energy transfer technology uniquely positions us to make wireless charging of electric vehicles a reality.”

According to Eric Giler, chief executive officer, WiTricity, their wireless system can already transfer over 3,300 watts - enough to fully charge an electric car at the same rate as most residential plug-in chargers.

“Charging an electric car should be as easy as parking it in your garage or parking spot,” Giler said. “WiTricity’s high efficiency wireless energy transfer technology is ideally suited for electric vehicle charging, and our partnership with Delphi will help to quickly get this technology deployed in OEM vehicles and infrastructure projects worldwide."

Delphi also makes a Portable Electric Vehicle Charger that fits in the trunk of an electric vehicle. The user-friendly system plugs into any standard 120-volt outlet to enable safe electric vehicle battery charging at home or away. The charging unit can also be integrated into stationary charging applications.
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