Qualcomm Wireless Charging Heads to Formula E Electric Race Series

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 18

Formula E Racer Burns Rubber in US Host City LA...Now Is In Need of a Wireless Charge

Formula E Racer Burns Rubber in US Host City LA…Now Is In Need of a Wireless Charge

Formula E, the international electric racing series that’ll launch in 2014, is going wireless.

Formula E to Go Wireless

Formula E to Go Wireless

Thanks to Qualcomm, Formula E will become the showcase of wireless charging technology.

Here’s a snippet from the official press release:

“Qualcomm Incorporated today announced a multi-year agreement with Formula E Holdings (FEH) to become an Official Founding Technology Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship, the new international championship featuring racing cars powered exclusively by electric energy. The agreement will allow Qualcomm and FEH to showcase mobile and Electronic Vehicle technologies globally through an exhilarating sport and demonstrate how current and future generations all over the world can benefit from wireless, sustainable technology on- and-off the track.”

“As a leader in the mobile space, Qualcomm will advise FEH in their quest to incorporate new and more sustainable technologies into the racing series. As a start, Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology will be adapted to be fitted into the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship safety cars so they can be wirelessly charged. The wireless charging system will be made available to the race cars from season two.”

So, expect to see wireless charging become part of the actual Formula E racing in 2015, but it’ll debut at the track to charge “safety cars” from the get go.

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18 responses to "Qualcomm Wireless Charging Heads to Formula E Electric Race Series"

  1. Evil says:

    Why other EV cars can’t use this great technology? Even nokia phones do this way 8)

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      Because it’s expensive, inefficient, may be hard to scale up, may have significant issues related to weather, would have to use wireless communication, and you can’t use it from a neighboring space.

    2. kdawg says:

      They can.

      http://www.pluglesspower.com/

      FAQS

      HOW DOES PLUGLESS L2 WORK?
      Inductive power transfer uses magnetic fields to transfer energy from a transmitting coil in the Parking Pad to a receiving coil in the Vehicle Adapter, which converts this energy into electrical current to charge your EV. Once the system is installed and paired to your vehicle, you simply pull into your garage or parking space and the system automatically begins recharging your EV.

      IS PLUGLESS L2 SAFE?
      Yes. Inductive power transfer technology has been in use in consumer electronics for years – it’s the same process that charges your electric toothbrush! No “live” electricity flows between the Vehicle Adapter and the Parking Pad. The Plugless L2 System features best-in-class safety interlocks to ensure the system will shut itself off if anything interferes with the system.

      HOW ENERGY-EFFICIENT IS PLUGLESS L2?
      Plugless Technology transfers power at over 90% efficiency as measured from your home’s 208/240V electrical outlet to your EV’s on-board charger.

      HOW LONG DOES CHARGING TAKE?
      The system charges your EV as quickly as plug-in Level 2 (240V) stations –approximately 8 hours for the Nissan LEAF and approximately 3 hours for the Chevrolet Volt.

      HOW EASY IS IT TO ALIGN THE VEHICLE ADAPTER AND PARKING PAD?
      Most drivers achieve successful alignment on their first try. As you approach the Parking Pad, the wall-mounted Control Panel displays bright, easy-to-follow directional arrows to guide your alignment. We like to say our system allows for a greater margin of error than most garages and parking spaces. In fact, we’ve designed the system to operate efficiently even if your EV isn’t perfectly aligned.

      CAN I STILL USE THE PLUG TO CHARGE MY EV?
      Yes, you can switch back and forth any time you like. The Vehicle Adapter connects to your EV’s battery without interrupting the performance of the plug.

      WHICH EVs ARE COMPATIBLE WITH PLUGLESS L2?
      Currently Plugless is only available for the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt. We will continue to work with EV manufacturers to bring Plugless to new EV models as they launch. If you’d like to be notified when Plugless is available for your EV model, click here.

      WILL INSTALLING THE PLUGLESS L2 VEHICLE ADAPTER VOID MY EV’S WARRANTY?
      No. By law, the addition of aftermarket components onto your vehicle will not void the vehicle manufacturer’s warranty. Furthermore, Evatran warranties its product comprehensively – if the system causes any damage to the vehicle, Evatran will pay for repairs.

      WHO WILL HANDLE INSTALLATION, SERVICE AND SUPPORT?
      Bosch Automotive Service Solutions is the exclusive installation partner for the Plugless L2 System. Bosch’s long history in completing EV charging station installations ensures that each Plugless System will installed with the highest regard to user convenience, service and safety.

      WHAT IF I ALREADY HAVE A WIRED LEVEL 2 CHARGE STATION INSTALLED?
      If you already have a Level 2 charge station installed, the Bosch installer will first verify that your electrical circuit meets specification for the Plugless L2 system. Once confirmed, the installer can either remove your existing corded charging station and replace it with the Plugless Control Panel or install a switch so you can use either the Plugless L2 or your corded system.

      1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

        The site doesn’t mention the price of the system.
        They quote efficiency from _wall to charger_ of _90%_ which conveniently (and very, very, very misleadingly) ignores charger to battery. Wall to charger is the easy bit.
        They misleading say “same as L2 systems” but if it’s 8 hour charging of a Leaf it’s _3.3kW_ charging. That is SLOW charging that would fail to make use of the new 6.6kW charger in the latest Leaf SV and SLs and would be bad for CA residents who wouldn’t be able to keep charging within Super Off-Peak.
        It’s less flexible even at home because you have to move a car that’s on it to allow somebody else to use it.
        It’s less flexible because a visitor has to have the same system to use it.
        It’s says nothing about being useful for public charging systems, which would have to deal with weather and crud.

        Don’t accuse me of FUD, you sucker.

        1. kdawg says:

          The home stations will cost between $3,500 to $4,000 for the on-board receiver, garage-floor transmitter and garage installation required for the wireless system, the New York Times reports.

          You say, “They quote efficiency from _wall to charger_ of _90%_ which conveniently (and very, very, very misleadingly) ignores charger to battery. Wall to charger is the easy bit.”
          The are quoting the same path as what your wired EVSE would provide; wall outlet to the charger INSIDE THE CAR. The wired EVSE’s are also not 100% efficient. I don’t think a small drop from a wired EVSE at ~95% to a wireless one at 90% is what you labelled “inefficient”. Witricity has units working at over 95% efficiency.

          3.3kW @ 240V IS considered L2 charging. Notice there are also different rates of L3 charging.

          Why would someone buy one of these and the locate it in a place where they would have to move cars, or if it didn’t work w/their charging plan, etc? If it doesn’t work for you don’t buy it. It doesn’t mean it’s not a great product for a lot of people. It’s like me F-250 and complaining it doesn’t fit in my garage.

          Wireless charging has more benefits than what you are trying to label as faults. It’s a time saver, prevents you from forgetting to charge, charges faster than 120V, prevents vandalism, more reliable (less moving parts), /more

          Weather & crud don’t affect it. You can bury it below the asphalt if you want. Watch the TED Talks video of the Witricity demonstrator powering a TV through his own body.

          I call FUD as I see it. (haven’t hear the term “sucker” in a while. that made me chuckle)

          1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

            Every time you read about Tesla cars or GM’s 200 mile BEV remember that those owners won’t want this slow wireless charging.
            Every time you read about high CA electricity rates, remember that this system is too slow for people concerned about the charging cost.
            Every time you read about price comparison on PHEVs remember that you think people are stupid to worry about the odd $2k, $3k or $4k.
            Every time you read about someone being ICEd and parking in a neighboring space to use the cord remember that they wouldn’t be able to do it with wireless.
            Every time you read about someone unplugging a car that’s finished charging, remember that you wouldn’t be able to do that with wireless.
            Every time you see a pay-per-use public charger remember that something would need to be there for the user to pay to use the charger.
            Every time you read about Plugshare or friends and family with EVs visiting, remember that the visitor can’t use this unless they’ve paid for it as well.
            Every time you read about a 5% improvement remember that you think that it’s not important.
            Every time you read about traffic safety or efficiency remember that it’s better to back into a parking space but people generally don’t like doing it much because they find it harder to reverse in.

            Yes, you’re right, you can bury the system underground and make it harder to vandalize.
            Yes, you’re right, it’s probably more convenient for the homeowner (as long as parking precisely is faster than parking rapidly but imprecisely and you don’t have to do driveway car dances).
            Thanks for the information that the system won’t have any problem with materials between the car and charger.

            Still, frankly, I think that unless it gets better, cheaper, more efficient and faster it will have both limited market and application. Never say never, even of HFCV.

            1. kdawg says:

              Standardization will solve a lot of the issues you describe. If a wireless charger prevents me from forgetting to plug in 1 time, i’ve made up that 5%. Also the 5% (if there is even a 5% diff), is worth it to me for my time, and messing w/a wet dirty cable. I do 99% of my charging at home, and that is where wireless chargers would start to be implemented. If you read in the FAQ, “Will I still be able to use my plug?”, the answer is yes. So no worries about a lot of the things you mention. To me this is added benefit device. I can plug my cell phone in, or throw it on a charging pad. It’s not one or the other. Parking does not have to be that precise either.

              I think it does need to get cheaper, but when L2 EVSE’s first came out they were $2000+.

              Another benefit I see to wireless charging is that it does turn heads for those not keen to EV’s. The idea that you can just park you car when you get home and it starts refueling is a good selling point. Wireless charging is also helpful for the elderly or handicapped.

              Future benefits would be charging on the fly (stop lights, drive thrus, lanes on the expressway). No more stopping for fuel ever.

              1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

                Well, right now cost is a big issue so asking people tk pay another $2 to $4k would be too much for all but luxury market, excluding long-range. I don’t think it’d be a big selling point, If it were, gas stations wouldn’t have gone self-service.

                Without dramatic improvements in the technology the key use I could see would be a sitaution where:
                – plugging in is inconvenient
                – the car idles a lot
                – the high cost of

                1. kdawg says:

                  It can still easily cost $2k+ to have an L2 EVSE installed (depending on what you buy, who does the work, and if there are any rebates). But the EVSE equipment is as cheap as $450 now.

              2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

                … daytime charging wouldn’t matter because it’s better than the alternative
                – the cars are driven a lot
                – range is an issue for daily use
                That’d be taxi ranks.

                Oh and with basic driverless technology for parking you could have limited charging soots more efficiently.

                Wireless charging is a wait-and-see technology for me. I never got excited about charging mats either,

                1. kdawg says:

                  I was hoping for a powermat for chaging my phone in the 2013 or 2014 Volt, but apparently that never panned out.

        2. MTN Ranger says:

          Pricing is right here: http://www.pluglesspower.com/get-started/

          $3,098 for Leaf, $2,998 for Volt. Includes hardware and installation. It is expensive but remember they are the only company with a system for sale. When the competition arrives, prices will drop.

  2. Evil says:

    how it works

  3. Robert says:

    @InsideEVs. You definitely missed the “Scalextric for Grown Ups” comparison – Doh!!

    1. Jay Cole says:

      I think that would have been a small group that would have picked up on it Robert, (=

  4. Martin T. says:

    Future of Motorsport,
    Burn Eletrons and rubber, not gas.

    Will they allow 4 wheel Torque controlled vectoring, that would kill the ancient Formula 1 ICE LOT ! 🙂
    Plus you wouldn’t neect to wear ear muffs !

  5. Alex william says:

    The tenth and final team for the inaugural season of the Formula E Championship has been confirmed as Venturi Grand Prix, backed by French electric car company Venturi and celebrity environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. Based in Monaco, the team will be led by DiCaprio and Venturi founder Gildo Pallanca Pastor, along with Bert Hedaya and Francesco Costa.

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