Ricardo to Integrate Qualcomm's HALO Wireless Charging for Electra Meccanica's SOLO EV
【Summary】The Hybrid and Electronic Systems team at the Ricardo Santa Clara Technical Center was chosen to integrate Electra Meccanica’s SOLO EV with a wireless charging system from Qualcomm.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., — The Hybrid and Electronic Systems team at the Ricardo Santa Clara Technical Center was chosen to integrate Electra Meccanica's SOLO EV with a wireless charging (WEVC) system from Qualcomm.
Ricardo is a global engineering, technical and environmental consultancy business working on solutions to meet the challenges in the transportation industry. Ricardo has offices in Silicon Valley and is supporting its clients with the latest in electrified and autonomous vehicle design and development projects.
The Qualcomm Halo WEVC (wireless electric vehicle charging) technology uses resonant magnetic induction to transfer energy wirelessly from a ground-based pad to a second pad integrated within the vehicle. This energy is then used to recharge the vehicle's battery and no user interaction with infrastructure or cables will be required. These ground-based pads can be embedded in a roadway for wireless charging along a route.
"At Electra Meccanica, we believe the future of mobility will include autonomous driving options, so we felt that it was important to start engineering those capabilities for SOLO now," said Ed Theobald, General Manager, Electra Meccanica. "Induction charging is also a new technology we want to provide, and Ricardo has helped drive the integration of the Qualcomm Halo system for SOLO."
Electra Meccanica is currently developing its SOLO single passenger all-electric vehicle with the intention to revolutionize the way people commute. The SOLO is a three-wheeled, single passenger highway capable commuter car with a 100-mile range provided by a 17.3 kWh Li-ion battery pack. Currently, recharging the SOLO is by wire via a J1772 Universal Connector using a standard North American 110V or 220V AC electrical supply.
Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology has a high misalignment tolerance, both vertically and horizontally, enabling it to support high and low road clearance vehicles such as SUVs and roadsters with a lower ground clearance. The ground-based roadway pad can be installed either on the road, flush mounted, or buried beneath the surface.
For stationary charging, the car does not need to be precisely parked using HALO. Proper alignment of the inductive charging pads is conveniently indicated through a positioning system. This technology removes the inconvenience of plugging and unplugging everyday to charge an EV.
Ricardo worked with Electra Meccanica to prepare a Qualcomm Halo WEVC demonstration system for integration. This was tested at the Ricardo Santa Clara facility before integration into the SOLO technology demonstrator vehicle at Electra Meccanica's facilities outside of Vancouver.
The application software development and testing of the vehicle was completed in January 2018 and the vehicle is ready for investors and customers to experience the improved functionality the system offers the SOLO, freeing users from the need to plug and unplug.
Originally from New Jersey, Eric is a automotive & technology reporter covering the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley. Eric has over 15 years of automotive experience and a bachelors degree in computer science. These skills, combined with technical writing and news reporting, allows him to fully understand and identify new and innovative technologies in the auto industry and beyond. He has worked at Uber on self-driving cars and as a technical writer, helping people to understand and work with technology. Outside of work, Eric likes to travel to new places, play guitar, and explore the outdoors.
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