Formula E Support Cars Get Equipped With Wireless Charging

Qualcomm Formula E Wireless Charging: BMW i3, Spark-Renault SRT_01E, BMW i8

Qualcomm Formula E Wireless Charging: BMW i3, Spark-Renault SRT_01E, BMW i8

Formula E Gets Wirelessly Charged Up

Four plug-in BMWs will be support vehicles (safety, medical, etc.) for the all-electric Formula E racing series. These 4 vehicles have now been fitted (or will be soon) with Qualcomm Halo wireless charging technology.

Per Formula E:

All four BMWs have been specifically modified to meet FIA requirements, with one of the BMW i3 models featuring an inductive charging system from Qualcomm Incorporated, with the remaining three vehicles set to be adapted at a later stage. The technology has been developed by San Diego-based Qualcomm Incorporated, one of the official Founding and Technology Partners of the series and a global leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. The Qualcomm Halo™ technology uses resonant magnetic induction to transfer energy between a ground-based pad and a charging pad fitted to the underside of the vehicle. The cars can then simply park over the base pad for charging to start automatically.

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