Qualcomm Sees Licensing Model in Wireless EV Charging Technology

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deployed—and in greater numbers.

While there is no difference in charging time between a wireless and plug-in EV charging system, Gilbert acknowledged that today’s plug-in systems are significantly less expensive.

“Wireless is always more expensive than wired,” he said. “It’s always harder to make something go wireless. There’s more technology. There are more components. It’s just harder. Nevertheless, I don’t know that it’s going to be an order of magnitude more expensive than cable [plug-in] systems.”

So how is wireless charging technology supposed to gain inroads in a world of plug-in systems?

“There will be a long period of time where you’ll want to have both,” Gilbert said. “It would get introduced on the high-end cars as an option, where there’s little resistance [to pricing] and people might say I’d rather not handle the cable, I’d rather take a wireless option. You’re going to start seeing it in some enthusiasts who really like the technology. You’re going to see it in niches. We’re already seeing it deployed in buses in Italy. You might well see it deployed in taxis, where it makes a lot of sense where they have to wait and be ready to roll.”

“Then, as those prices come down and the infrastructure starts to get built out, I think you’ll start to see mass adoption.”

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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