WiTricity Joins German Auto Industry Leaders in Standardizing EV Wireless Charging

Project STILLE will support the development of a global interoperable standard for charging electric vehicles through energy transfer systems up to 22 kW

Watertown, Mass.January 27, 2017WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, today announced its participation in the STILLE standards project to drive wireless charging interoperability in the global electric vehicle (EV) industry. WiTricity joins an esteemed list of automakers including Audi, BMW, Daimler, Toyota Motorsport and Toyota Motor Europe.  WiTricity’s participation includes the submission of reference designs for power transfer that are being built, tested, and considered for standardization by members of Project STILLE. WiTricity also participates in Project STILLE work groups responsible for testing EMC and EMF emissions, and safety and alignment sub-systems, all important elements for standardization of wireless charging systems.

As the global adoption of electrified vehicles continues to grow, and with the exciting vision of self-driving, autonomous electrified cars, wireless charging is now recognized as a must-have feature. Plug-in charging stations must enable the seamless and automatic charging experience that this future demands, so key industry players are teaming up to develop standards that will enable wireless charging for all EVs and PHEVs. The project STILLE is led by the P3 Automotive GmbH, a subsidiary of the Aachen-based engineering company P3 Group and also involves the University of Aachen (RWTH), the Technical University of Braunschweig (IMAB) and the Zeppelin University. While the focus of the STILLE program is on standardization within the German market, the organization is collaborating with international standards organizations such as the SAE, ISO, and IEC to drive towards global standards for interoperability.

The project STILLE’s international standard proposals include wireless charging systems that can transfer 7.7 kW of power, with the ability to scale to 22 kW and higher. With WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology, wireless charging systems can deliver high power at very high efficiency without precise alignment and can even charge through pavement in a commercial parking lot or residential garage.

“Interoperability is key for any new technology hitting the market, but in automotive the need is paramount,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity. “As EVs continue to grow in market share and automakers begin the move toward self-driving cars, the only way to ensure an effective ecosystem is through interoperable wireless charging. We’re excited to be part of the project STILLE and look forward to finalizing a standard that will drive continued adoption of electric vehicles across the globe.”

WiTricity is working with major automakers and Tier 1 suppliers to bring the next-generation of wireless EV charging to a commercial reality. Licensing agreements have been announced with Toyota, Delphi, TDK, IHI and BRUSA. The company is also collaborating directly with leading carmakers to drive global standards for wireless charging systems.

About the funding program “ELEKTRO POWER II”

The STILLE project is part of the funding program “Elektro Power II”, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). In the funding program “ELEKTRO POWER II: Electric Mobility – Value Chain Positioning” the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) supports 13 projects regarding electric mobility. The focus is on the integration of electric mobility to the energy system transformation, the optimization of the value chain regarding electric mobility in the field of production, the advancement of wireless charging systems in the public and cross-sectional topics. ELEKTRO POWER II is part of the set of measures the German Federal Government is conducting to realize the National Plan for the Development of Electric Mobility.

About WiTricity

WiTricity Corporation provides technology to enable wireless power transfer over distance using magnetic resonance. Through deep domain expertise, semiconductor offerings, a strong IP portfolio and an extensive reference design library, WiTricity works with innovative companies to incorporate WiTricity technology in their products and solutions. With a growing list of global customers in the consumer electronics, automotive, medical devices and industrial markets, the company has emerged as the leader in wireless power transfer over distance. For more information, visit www.witricity.com, or follow WiTricity on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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