CTEK Battery Charger
WiTricity announced a technology and patent license agreement with CTEK Corporation, a global supplier of battery charging systems for lead-acid batteries (CTEK has sold more than 6.2 million battery chargers in 70 countries around the world).
According to the press release, CTEK would like to introduce new wireless charging products in the automotive industry, although we are not sure whether theses will be for electric cars too.
"This licensing agreement enables CTEK to commercialize WiTricity’s patented technology to create high performance, efficient wireless charging systems for a wide range of battery charging and battery conditioning applications in the transportation and industrial markets."
"The adoption of WiTricity’s technology to deliver electric power safely over distance will allow CTEK to revolutionize the act of battery charging by removing the need for cables. Under the terms of this licensing agreement, CTEK will create wireless charging solutions based on WiTricity technology for a wide range of automotive, industrial, and recreational vehicle battery systems. By providing a flexible and efficient method of wireless power transfer over distance, WiTricity technology will enable CTEK to develop a line of products that brings a new level of convenience and ease to battery charging."
CTEK CEO, Jon Lind stated:
“CTEK is adopting WiTricity’s technology to revolutionize battery charging by removing the need for cables in a wide range of automotive, industrial, and recreational vehicle battery systems, eliminating the need for our customers to plug in. We are excited to be on the forefront of the next generation of battery charging products for consumers and industry, and look forward to leveraging WiTricity’s ground-breaking technology to bring a new level of convenience and ease of use to market.”
WiTricity CEO Alex Gruzen commented:
“WiTricity is excited to partner with CTEK, a company that is respected for both its technical prowess and worldwide distribution network. CTEK is a world leader in designing charging systems for a wide range of applications, and has a number of technologies to complement WiTricity’s cutting-edge wireless power transfer technology. In addition to its worldwide reach in consumer markets, CTEK is well positioned within Europe to work with WiTricity in providing a variety of customized battery charging solutions for industrial and transportation applications.”