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2012-07-24 13:13

ONE IN FRUGAL FOUR: The Zoe is the latest to join Renault's four-model EV line-up.

LONDON, England – Qualcomm and Renault on July 24 2012 announced a memorandum of understanding about the use of its wireless electric-vehicle charging for some Renault cars.

Back in November 2011 Qualcomm announced a wireless electric-vehicle charging trial for London in 2012 and Renault will participate in the trial as part of the understanding between the two parties.

The intention is to evaluate the commercial viability of wireless EV charging and to collect feedback on the use of the system.


Anthony Thomson, Qualcomm's vice-president for business development and marketing, said: “We're very excited to be working with Renault, a global leader in electric vehicles and an innovator in the growing low-carbon vehicle market. Its participation in the trial and Qualcomm’s drive to make charging of EV's simple and effortless means that EV drivers will have technology to do just that.”

Jacques Hebrard, Renault’s director of energy and environment advanced projects, said: “Our participation in the trial complements Renault’s European research and development project involving 10 partners to demonstrate wireless inductive charging of electric vehicles in a public environment with a high level of performance and safety.

"The deployment of such charging requires inter-operability between cars and ground systems within common European and, we hope, worldwide standards."

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