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Wireless charging improves smart vehicle manufacturability

Yusin Hu, DIGITIMES, Taipei

Solace Power CEO Neil Chaulk. Credit: Solace Power

Wireless charging is bringing electric vehicles (EV) beyond transportation. An EV in the future will provide so many more functions and purposes if the complexity of cabling and wiring can be resolved.

Solace Power CEO Neil Chaulk said demand for wireless charging has really taken off since last October. "We have seen the market wake up since then," he said.

Users are already accustomed to wireless charging for mobile devices, while in-vehicle wireless charging seems to be more acceptable now by carmakers. Chaulk noted that carmakers now are "very interested in a configurable interior for cars, and the technology will also improve user experience."

Wireless charging can be implemented inside the vehicle and fulfill passengers' demand for entertainment, communication, and so much more. A vehicle will be more than just a car; it will be a moving office or a moving theater as the car switches on self-driving mode.

One of the use cases, for example, is the smart seating, said Chaulk. The seat can move forth and backwards because the driver will not necessarily be driving.

There could be a small display for each passenger's seat if they can be powered without connecting to cables.

Wireless charging provides more possibilities for carmakers to innovate the car interior and even to increase power efficiency and reduce emission. Here's how: tinted glass with variable tint can protect the interior of the car from being heated and overworking the air-conditioning.

Yet, variable tint requires a small amount of power, and in-vehicle wireless charging can easily fulfill the task.

Chaulk clarified that different applications still require different types of wireless charging. On the broader infrastructure side of things, it will be a different story if carmakers want to build wireless charging infrastructure. Solace Power has chosen to go into the space where powering in-vehicle applications can fuel more possibilities and improve the manufacturability of a smart vehicle.

Chaulk said they are now mainly working with carmakers from Europe and the US, while some clients are from Asia. He added that they also have clients in the space of defense in Europe.

The Canada-based company has entered its first round of fundraising. See the previous interview with Solace Power here.

Solace Power CEO Neil Chaulk Credit: Solace Power

Solace Power CEO Neil Chaulk
Photo: Solace Power