Qualcomm and BRUSA Sign Commercial Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging License Agreement


Brusa's ICS 2 at 7.2 kW will boast twice the charging power – yet will have the same compact footprint

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Qualcomm Halo

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Qualcomm and BRUSA Elektronik entered into a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) patent license agreement.

BRUSA intends to use Qualcomm’s inventions in its wireless charging systems offered to carmakers.

The press release doesn’t contain info on which manufacturers could add BRUSA systems to their cars (but there are several of them), or what power level will be offered (Qualcomm Halo works from 3.3 kW up to 22 kW).

“BRUSA, an automotive Tier 1 power electronics supplier, has licensed Qualcomm HaloTM patented inventions to commercialize WEVC systems for Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (EVs). Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm granted to BRUSA a royalty-bearing patent license to develop, make and supply WEVC systems for certain automobile manufacturers.”

Steve Pazol, vice-president & general manager wireless charging, Qualcomm Incorporated said:

“We are excited about our license agreement with BRUSA; it expands and diversifies the Qualcomm Halo™ supplier network, giving automobile manufacturers another trusted source of our advanced inventions. Qualcomm Halo™ licensees can bring to market highly efficient, fit-for-purpose, WEVC systems, which allow convenient charging and improve the EV driver’s user experience. We believe access to Qualcomm Halo™ technology is important to building WEVC systems that meet the needs of automotive OEMs and their end-customers, including WEVC systems incorporating magnetics based on a circular coil structure.”

Josef Brusa, CEO of BRUSA Elektronik AG is confident:

“Wireless charging will win, it will give e-mobility a big boost, it will set new, sustainable technology apart from old gasoline-based technology. We are determined to make wireless charging a reality. We already offer technically sound and commercially viable systems to the market and we are excited about the potential of wireless charging.”

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4 responses to "Qualcomm and BRUSA Sign Commercial Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging License Agreement"
  1. jmac says:

    The Qualcomm Halo charging system is what is being used in the BMW i3 safety cars for the E-class events.

    Safety cars can leave charging pad immediately in contrast to having the vehicle ‘tethered’ to a charging kiosk.

    Here’s link to some videos on the Qualcomm site explaining various aspects of the Halo technology. Use the slider bar to choose video.

    Many, many other companies working on wireless technology. It’s just oh… so… convenient.

    We already charge our electric toothbrushes and iPhones this way.


    1. Djoni says:

      The BMW safety car for the formula E is an i8.
      So you know now.
      As wireless charging goes, they claim it’s as efficient as cable plugging, but with no data to sustain there claim, as I’ve expect anyway.
      Neverless, convenient, specially for public parking.
      Just not in my garage!

      1. Driverguy01 says:

        Djoni is right the i8 is the pace car.
        all formula E cars are recharged with wireless systems.
        both i8 and i3 are present at every race but i can’t remember what the i3 is used for.

        Next gen evs will most likely offer wireless charging as an option and my guess is over 50% of new ev buyers will tick the little box when ordering their new car.
        That simple option will probably make evs more acceptable for the masses. Most people are not like us, tech heads and pionneers, excited about plugging a car.
        On the contrary, they find having to plug a car an inconvenience weather we agree or not with that reasoning.
        Agree or not, wireless charging IS the key to ev adoption in my opinion.

        1. Driverguy01 says:

          Oh!, i will add that wireless will NEVER be as efficient as a plug cause, you know, physics say so. When you transform something, a loss will occur.
          The loss in efficiency is ALMOST irrelevent in this situation, cause new ev buyers will come from a world where the last car was only 20% efficient, not 90% like an ev. So, in my book, every new ev buyer choosing wireless charging is a net gain of at least 60% more efficient.
          How can that be seen as negative is beyond me.