The FIA Formula E World Championship has signed Qualcomm as an Official Founding Technology Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship, and pledged that the Qualcomm Halo wireless charging system will be used starting in Formula E's second season. The Formula E is an electric car racing series featuring Formula 1 style cars, and is in bad need for a high speed charging solution.
The agreement will allow Qualcomm to showcase their Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology.
The charging system will be used on the electric race cars beginning in season two. The first Formula E season is slated to launch in September 2014, about a year from now.
Formula E races are going to be held in city centers rather than at race tracks. One of the key problems the organization is facing is recharging the cars during races.
The cars for the 2014-15 are to have a capacity to race for 20-25 minutes at a go, and each Formula E race is to last for 60 minutes. Organizers say each driver will have two cars and switch cars halfway through the race. But that leaves a few minutes at the end of the race where the driver has to switch back to the first car.
The Qualcomm Halo technology is one of the systems under development to wirelessly recharge electric vehicles. It works with resonant magnetic induction to transmit energy from the charging device to a receiving device mounted on the vehicle.
Drayson Racing, one of the Formula E teams, has long been pushing for use of the Qualcomm Halo technology in race cars. Their vision is, eventually, to embed transmitting pads in the race track surface so that cars can recharge while racing without having to make a pit stop.
“Our collaboration with the FIA Formula E Championship is not just a great opportunity to showcase Qualcomm technologies such as our Halo WEVC system, but to evaluate and improve wireless connectivity and EV technology across the globe, especially in the host cities,” said Paul Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm. “We hope this arrangement will leverage mobile technology to enhance the fan experience and impact the global movement towards more sustainable living.”
“The FIA Formula E Championship is going to become a showcase for electric vehicle technology,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of Championship Promoters Formula E Holdings. “As the global leader in mobile technology, Qualcomm’s involvement will not only help us develop new advances in EV technology but also to provide our fans and the world’s EV community with the best race viewing experience possible. New technologies in connectivity, wireless and mobile, fit perfectly with a Championship open to new technology, not only for the cars but for everything around the venue.”
Source: Electric Race News