Qualcomm Wireless Electric Car Chargers Coming to London in 2012

By Gary Cutlack on at

Qualcomm is launching a very small-scale test of a wireless electric car charging service in London next year, with 50 electric cars getting kitted out with its inductive power transfer technology for cable-free battery filling.

And it'll be workers within the city's "Tech City" business zone that'll be among the first to benefit from this pre-commercial trial, with existing electric car charging company Chargemaster set to install some of the wireless Base Charging Units in streets within the innovation area.

Qualcomm is teaming up with the UK government, Transport for London and the Mayor of London's office, even managing to get quotes from David Cameron and Boris Johnson into its announcement, with Boris saying, rather sensibly for once: "This trial is an innovative new facet of my plans, with the promise to help drivers go electric with even greater confidence."

Private taxi firm Addison Lee will also hook up a few electric vehicles with the technology, while Qualcomm's still looking for more partners to join the test. [Qualcomm]