ABT e-Line and WiTricity Partner to Bring Wireless EV Charging to Europe

What’s Happening: ABT e-Line, a leader in aftermarket automotive solutions, is teaming up with WiTricity, the pioneer in wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging, to introduce aftermarket wireless EV charging in Europe. Beginning with the Volkswagen ID.4, ABT e-Line aims to make the wireless charging upgrade available in early 2024 and later extend the offering to other EV models.

Why It Matters: This partnership will enable a simplified and more convenient charging experience for EV owners in Europe, addressing one of the major drawbacks of EV ownership. Offering wireless charging capabilities can also help differentiate vehicles in their respective classes, appealing to tech-savvy consumers.

Key Points:

  • ABT e-Line has a strong history of customizing vehicles to meet the demands of discerning customers, making them an ideal partner for WiTricity’s wireless charging technology.
  • The companies plan to extend wireless charging capabilities to additional vehicles, including the Audi e-Tron GT, Porsche Taycan, and Volkswagen ID. Buzz.
  • WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology allows drivers to charge their EVs simply by parking over a charging pad, providing the same speed and efficiency as Level 2 equipment.
  • The global automotive standard for wireless EV charging was ratified by the Society of Automotive Engineers in 2020, largely based on WiTricity’s designs, ensuring interoperability between ABT e-Line vehicles and WiTricity’s chargers and other manufacturers.
  • Consumer demand for wireless EV charging is strong, with 96% of EV consumers expressing interest in the technology, ranking it higher in desirability than assisted parking or autonomous driving features.

Bottom Line: The collaboration between ABT e-Line and WiTricity aims to transform the EV charging experience in Europe by offering a convenient and seamless solution for EV owners. By initially upgrading the Volkswagen ID.4 and later expanding to other EV models, the companies are set to meet the growing demand for wireless charging and further promote the convenience, safety, and accessibility of this technology across the continent.


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