Volvo is interested in wireless charging
Volvo didn't disclose details of the transaction, besides the fact that it "has no significant impact on the Volvo Group’s earnings or financial position", so we assume it's just minority stake - important cash injection for Momentum Dynamics and access to tech for Volvo.
Momentum Dynamics offers wireless charging system (bi-directional if needed) with power of up to 300 kW, for trucks, buses, construction equipment, industrial and marine applications.
The only image attached to the Volvo's press release is an all-electric truck, which suggests that a new pilot project with wireless charging trucks are coming both in Europe and North America.
"Momentum Dynamics is a Philadelphia-based company developing and commercializing high power inductive charging for the automotive and transportation industries, especially suitable for commercial electric, autonomous and connected vehicles."
"Wireless electric charging allows any type of vehicle to automatically and without supervision connect to the electrical power grid without the use of wires or cables. Without the need for a driver to plug in their vehicle to a charging station, automatic and bi-directional “electric fueling” may occur frequently and opportunistically – resulting in efficient use of battery capacity, longer driving ranges and improved uptime.
Momentum Dynamics is conducting pilots in Europe and North America with both fleets and vehicle manufacturers of cars, buses, trucks and trains."
"Volvo Group Venture Capital is constantly on the look-out for new investments with innovative and entrepreneurial companies supporting the Volvo Group business and its transformation – especially in the areas of electromobility, autonomous vehicles and connectivity. With the objective of accelerating new business growth, Volvo Group Venture Capital invests in companies driving product, service and solutions in the transport and infrastructure industries."
Per Adamsson, Vice President at Volvo Group Venture Capital said:
“Momentum Dynamics’ technology and competence within inductive bi-directional transmission of electrical energy and information safely through air, water and ice will fit the harsh conditions under which our customers operate. High capacity charging up to 300 kW for trucks, buses, construction equipment, industrial and marine applications will support the electrified transition”.
Stefan Söderling, Investment Director at Volvo Group Venture Capital said:
“For Volvo Group we are strengthening our competence and knowledge of charging and electricity distribution within the ecosystem around electric transportation and energy supply. We see partnership, cooperation and investments as the way forward in a fast-changing environment,”.