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Japanese automotive leader Furukawa Electric to test WiTricity wireless EV charging system

The two companies will develop an 11-kW system to enable park-and-charge flexibility and efficiency

WiTricity has announced it is working with Furukawa Electric to test an advanced wireless charging system prototype for electric vehicles that uses Furukawa’s latest technologies.

The companies are working together to test WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 park-and-charge system, designed for maximum efficiency and interoperability across vehicle platforms with materials and components developed by Furukawa.

The testing focuses on wireless charging systems at 7.7 and 11 kW charge rates and is intended to comply with standards proposed by SAE International’s J2954 Committee.

Furukawa is a leading supplier of interconnection systems, copper wiring and thermal management components to the automotive industry. These materials and components can help optimise the cost and performance of wireless charging and thus increase the adoption of wireless charging by carmakers and charging infrastructure providers.

WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 wireless charging system allows a driver to simply pull into his or her parking spot and automatically receive charging power from a source on the ground – without the need for a physical connection of the vehicle to the charger.

The system design works across all EV platforms and can be deployed as a “floor pad” in a consumer’s garage, as well as installed in the pavement to provide wireless charging in public and commercial parking lots.

“Wireless charging is a technology that our OEM partners are interested in,” said general manager of Automotive Products & Electronics Laboratories Mamichi Tsuyuki. “By testing the WiTricity prototype system with our innovative materials and component solutions, we can help drive the adoption of electric vehicles with wireless charging, which benefits the entire industry, including consumers.”

“The electric vehicle has been recognised as central to the future of mobility. Furukawa is a leader in Japan and will help make EVs accessible to the broader market. The convenience of wireless charging will help accelerate adoption even further,” said WiTricity CEO Alex Gruzen. “Our team is proud to work with Furukawa on this project to expand their offerings.”

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