Qualcomm has acquired Halo IPT, the wireless charging technology for electric vehicles company. The UK-based technology development company was founded by Auckland University’s technology development vehicle, UniServices, in conjunction with Arup and the support of the Trans Tasman Commercialisation Fund and the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund. All members of the HaloIPT team have joined Qualcomm’s European Innovation Development group based in the UK. This is six people in total.
Since its inception in May 2010, Halo IPT has pioneered the development and production of wireless charging technology for the transportation sector. The company’s objective is to bring its wireless charging technology to market for road vehicle applications on a global scale.
John Miles, Executive Chairman of HaloIPT and a Director at Arup, commented “In only 18 months, we have brought world-class university research to the attention of the global automotive industry. Through really innovative design, we have demonstrated the huge potential for wireless charging to the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers.”
Miles continues, “Electric vehicles hold great promise and the success of HaloIPT demonstrates the value of Arup’s investment of time and resources in activities we feel can make a real difference to the world around us – like developing skills and knowledge needed for a global shift to low carbon economy.”
Arup has a longstanding interest and expertise in low carbon mobility. The group is currently leading several major projects in this area, including the UK’s CABLED Consortium (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators) programme – the UK’s largest trial of electric vehicles. CABLED tackles questions such as the impact the vehicles on driving habits and behaviours and the optimum placing of charging points to suit the average urban journey.
Arup is also leading a consortium contributing to a £11m research programme – led by the Energy Technologies Institute. The initiative aims to support the future roll-out of electric vehicles. Working with the University of Leeds and E.ON, Arup is developing a model to analyse the economics of UK-wide electric and hybrid electric vehicle usage to support potential carbon reduction.
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