The automotive seating and electrical distribution systems supplier Lear Corporation has secured a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) license agreement from Qualcomm, enabling the company to integrate Qualcomm’s Halo WEVC technology in its product portfolio. Under the agreement, the company can also develop, make and supply WEVC systems based on Qualcomm Halo technology.
The agreement will allow Lear to commercialize WEVC systems for Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and Electric Vehicles (EV) manufacturers and wireless charging infrastructure companies.
“Lear is a leading, global, tier-one supplier of high power charging systems and related electronic components to the automotive industry. It is ideally positioned to develop a broad portfolio of WEVC systems, including multi-coil, solenoid and circular systems that meet customer requirements,” said Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager, Wireless Charging, Qualcomm Inc.
“We are excited to be working closely with Lear as they commercialize Qualcomm Halo technology to bring WEVC charging into production.”
“As a supplier to every major automaker in the world and with our global Centers of Excellence dedicated to research and development, we are very pleased to be working with a company of Qualcomm’s stature and record of innovation,” said Frank Orsini, senior vice president and president, Lear Electrical.
“With our success in EV and hybrid high power systems and proven program management capabilities we see wireless charging as a new opportunity to serve our customers in further developing their strategies for EVs in existing and new vehicle segments.”
Qualcomm will extend all technical expertise and support for Lear in developing WEVC systems.