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The Electric Rolls-Royce, Now With Charging

By Jim Motavalli · 09, 2013

This imposing phantom is battery powered, wireless charging from (Jim Motavalli photo)

to Car Driver. “A battery-powered is the answer to a question no one asked.” 389 horsepower and 590 foot pounds of with sub-eight-second zero to 60 in a huge luxury car isn’t on wish list, but it’s to know it exists as a mobile bed for a company better known for than cutting-edge innovation.

Batteries: Power and Quiet

power is suitable for Rolls products because electric are quiet and powerful and have of torque at zero rpm,” Andrew Morton, the engineering on the Phantom project. “The car has our expectations.” It has a theoretical range of 125 though Morton says probably capable of more. drove it 120 miles and still had left,” he said.

But this car positively bristles new tech. I encountered it at the Qualcomm at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week that company’s Halo provides its magnetic resonance charging pad. Yes, the battery charges wirelessly.

Anthony Thomson, a former of Auckland professor who developed the in New Zealand, told me that one of “focus points” was to make the fields generated by the system contained. “Even when the and receiver are badly misaligned are no harmful effects on other or children,” he said.

The Qualcomm system’s magnetic technology has an advantage over inductive systems in not needing alignment between the transmitter and That’s important in cars, people may not be able to park cars precisely enough for wireless charging. And that’s why there’s some talk automated systems taking to move the car into alignment.

said that the electric which has been on a world that took it from Beach to Abu Dhabi, was always with wireless charging. was there from day one, our customers would love the of just parking up the car and having it he said.

One Humongous Battery

I drove the car during that tour. in New York, and found it Rolls-like: quiet, powerful, capable, as well as hugely I’m not seeing it for production, but it tarnish the company’s image. big battery pack, probably the on a passenger car until the Tesla S 85-kilowatt-hour pack debuted, from RR partner Axeon, is based in Dundee, Scotland.

The charging pad doesn’t need alignment. (Jim Motavalli

Thomson told me the wireless pad with the battery management “just like a plug-in would.” He showed me a sample pad includes sensors to stop the in milliseconds when fouled by objectswhich could heat up

Headed for Licensing


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Qualcomm’s model is to optimize the value of its then license it to manufacturers. said the company will its technology to charging companies, but after its further evolved and developed. “We absolutely to commercialize it,” he said. see 2015 as a target date.” The plans include a London in partnership with Renault on equipped Fluence Z.E. cars. Qualcomm is also with large fleet in England to test hands-free

The pad is designed to shut off if it encounters a metal object. (Jim photo)

The Qualcomm system is than 90 percent efficient, and says 95 percent efficiency is in a “gold standard” system, that might be too expensive for

Phones First

Right the corner from Qualcomm was Qi, the Power Consortium’s trademark for a charging protocol for smart That technology is making its in cars with a wireless bin in the 2013 Toyota Avalon .

WPC’s Steve Goacher, day job is with Texas Instruments, me he expects wireless charging for to be standard in cars five from now, but he had no similar to offer for electric car charging. of our members [there are 130 companies in are looking at wireless car charging,” said. “It’s an obvious for us. But with a much greater level, charging for cars take longer to roll

At the Qi booth, journalists who’d working their phones dropped by to get a free burst of charging on pad-equipped tables. though they’re tech some seemed amazed happy) that cord-free is even possible. It’s that this technology is to gain adherents quickly.

The timetable for cars isn’t as but its likely to happen, too.

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