ABT e-Line, Witricity team for European EV wireless charging rollout
ABT e-Line in Germany is working with WiTricity on the commercial rollout of wireless charging systems for electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe.
ABT e-Line will initially upgrade the VW ID.4 to support the WiTricity wireless charging system with availability targeted for early 2024. The company plans to expand to additional EV models thereafter.
This includes the Audi e-Tron GT and Porsche Taycan as well as the Volkswagen ID. Buzz.
This follows a deal with German giant Siemens in May last year to develop wireless charging systems based on WiTricity technology for global markets and a $25m investment in the company.
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WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology allows EV charging by parking over a charging pad with the same speed and efficiency as plugging into Level 2 equipment. The global automotive standard for wireless charging for EVs was ratified by the Society of Automotive Engineers in 2020, based in large part on WiTricity’s designs, and ensures that both the ABT e-Line vehicles and WiTricity’s chargers will interoperate with other manufacturers.
“ABT e-Line’s strong track record in customizing vehicles to meet the stringent demands of discerning customers fits perfectly with the leading wireless charging technology from WiTricity”, says Eric Plekkepoel, CEO of ABT e-Line.
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“We’re thrilled to see the simplicity and convenience of wireless charging expand to vehicles in Europe through this partnership with one of the leading companies in automotive upgrade and aftermarket solutions,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity. “Our proven, automotive-grade charging solutions will help address many of the electrification challenges by making charging as easy as parking.”
In several studies, 96 percent of EV consumers have expressed an interest in wireless charging, ranking it significantly higher in desirability than such other options as assisted parking or autonomous driving features says ABT. The company says it plans to meet this demand with new EVs to promote the convenience, safety and accessibility of wireless charging across Europe.
“EV owners tend to count charging as the key drawback to ownership, and potential owners may see it as a reason to delay purchase. Charging with a cord or cable is inconvenient, as they can be heavy, bulky or trip hazards,” said Gruzen. “And that’s before you add arms full of kids or backpacks, rainy weather or snowbanks. Wireless charging removes those inconveniences, so owners can simply park and charge.”