In recent years, Mahle has intensified research in the field of wireless charging of electric vehicles and is now entering the development phase with the acquisition of licenses for WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology.
According to the automotive supplier, the Mahle system will function bidirectionally so that parked vehicles can also feed their energy back into the grid. In addition, high overall efficiency will be achieved by using waste heat from the charging process to preheat the passenger compartment, for example. According to Mahle, in contrast to the inductive charging system currently available, the system will also score points for its robustness.
“We believe this technology offers strong market potential. Our solution will enable fast, reliable, and highly efficient charging,” says CEO Dr. Jörg Stratmann. Mahle will be able to contribute its expertise in the fields of control electronics, software and heat management to the development. Customers can expect a modular, compact and upgradeable solution.
At the heart of the system is WiTricity‘s patented technology, to which Mahle now has access under license. However, the Stuttgart-based company is by no means the only one: Toyota, Aptiv (previously Delphi), TDK, IHI, Shindengen, Daihen, Brusa and Anjie Wireless also have licence agreements with WiTricity.