Qualcomm Inc. and Lear Corp., a global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, say they have entered into a wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) license agreement, in which Qualcomm has granted Lear a royalty bearing license to develop, make and supply WEVC systems based on Qualcomm Halo technology.
Under the terms of the agreement, Lear will be including Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology in its product portfolio to commercialize WEVC systems for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers, as well as wireless charging infrastructure companies. Qualcomm Technologies Inc. will provide technical expertise and engineering support.
According to the two companies, Qualcomm and Lear are collaborating on multiple WEVC production programs across multiple car companies.
“[Lear] is ideally positioned to develop a broad portfolio of WEVC systems, including multi-coil, solenoid and circular systems, that meet customer requirements,” says Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager of wireless charging for Qualcomm. “We are excited to be working closely with Lear as they commercialize Qualcomm Halo technology to bring WEVC charging into production.”
“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,” says Frank Orsini, senior vice president and president of Lear Electrical.