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Electric cars shown charging while travelling on the test track

As the name implies, the charging process happens even while you're driving, in contrast to traditional charging methods that requires an electric auto to be at a standstill or with the engine turned off.

Dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging testing using a Renault Kangoo Z.E.

Electric cars take time to charge - it's an unavoidable fact, and one that means topping up an electric vehicle now takes far more time than a quick splash and dash at a petrol station.

Qualcomm will now hand its DEVC charging system to Vedecom, which "will evaluate the operation, safety and efficiency of energy transfer to the vehicles for a wide range of practical scenarios, including vehicle identification and authorization on entering the track, power level agreement between track and vehicle, speed and alignment of vehicle along the track".

Electric vehicle charging is one area where Qualcomm could grow as it strives to reduce its dependence on a cooling smartphone market.

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The system has only been implemented on a test track with two Renault Kangoo Z.E. vehicles demonstrating that it works in both directions, but the system is, allegedly, real-world ready.

Renault has demonstrated what it calls "dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging" (DEVC), using a couple of modified versions of its Kangoo Z.E van and a 100-metre test track with built-in conductive wireless charging, built by Vedecom and Qualcomm.

"We are inventors. We are wireless electric vehicle charging". I am immensely proud of what we have achieved.

The dynamic charging demonstrations took place at the 100-meter FABRIC test track, which has been built by VEDECOM at Satory Versailles.

Aside from simply charging the vehicle, the system is also planned to offer functions to identify and authorise cars entering the charging track, as well as detecting the alignment and speed of the charging auto. It has cost €9 million ($9.9 million) and is partially funded by the European Union. FABRIC has been under development since January 2014, and is supported by a group of 25 automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and research organizations from Europe. The primary goal, however, is to organize feasibility analysis of wireless DEVC as a means of EV range extension.

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