Automotive Tier 1 power electronics supplier to develop wireless charging systems for electric vehicles
Watertown, Mass. & Tokyo, Japan – Sept. 26, 2017 – WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, today announced an intellectual property licensing agreement with Shindengen, a Tokyo-based world leader in the development and manufacture of high-quality, reliable power conversion products and automotive electronics. Shindengen is a Tier 1 supplier to global carmakers and motorcycle manufacturers. Under the terms of the agreement, Shindengen will license WiTricity’s patented technology to develop and commercialize high-performance wireless charging systems. These systems will enable next generation electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to charge effortlessly by simply parking over a wireless charging pad. Shindengen will utilize WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 reference design to accelerate its development of Shindengen products for both the vehicle and for the charging pad. The DRIVE 11 system can fully charge a long-range EV overnight (identical charge time as conventional wired chargers) and can re-charge a hybrid vehicle in an hour or less.
Carmakers around the world have identified wireless charging as a key differentiator in the marketplace because of the convenience it offers to vehicle owners. Shindengen’s wireless charging system, utilizing WiTricity’s patented technology, will transfer power to a vehicle safely and at high efficiency, eliminating the need for plug-in charging cables required by first generation electrified vehicles. WiTricity is working with a number of international standards organizations, such as SAE J2954, to develop standards for wireless charging systems with the goal of ensuring interoperability of wireless charging systems for EVs and HEVs on a global basis.
“WiTricity is the leader in the technology of wireless charging, and we look forward to a strong partnership,” said Yoshinori Suzuki, President and CEO of Shindengen. “The market for electric vehicles is growing rapidly, and Shindengen intends to be a leading supplier of wireless charging systems, as well as for other power electronics systems and components.”
“We are pleased to have Shindengen as a licensee and technology partner,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO of WiTricity. “Shindengen is well positioned to be a leading Tier 1 supplier in the Japanese and global markets, as they have strong relationships already with many automotive and motorcycle OEMs.”
WiTricity develops solutions to enable wireless power transfer over distance using its patented magnetic resonance technology. WiTricity works with top global carmakers and Tier 1 suppliers to deploy magnetic resonance solutions, helping realize a future of transportation that is electrified, shared and autonomous. WiTricity supports consumer electronics, industrial and medical wireless solutions through our licensee partners. See how WiTricity makes EV charging easy. Visit us, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Shindengen is a Tokyo-based world leader in the development and manufacture of high-quality, reliable power conversion products including power semiconductors, custom AC/DC power supplies, DC/DC converters, telecom rectifiers, automotive electronics and solenoids. In recent years, environmentalism has been gaining momentum, demanding that power electronics companies do more to address global warming and to make efficient use of energy resources.
Since its founding in 1949, the Shindengen Electric Manufacturing Company’s business has centered on power electronics, such as power semiconductors and switching power supplies. As one of the few manufacturers in the world that combines power semiconductor process technology, power supply circuit expertise and high-density packaging technologies, we, Shindengen will fuse, develop and apply our core technologies to create products that do their part in making the low-carbon society a reality.
Allison Shamon for WiTricity