Mahle has set the stage to get into the business of wireless charging for electric vehicles.
The company has acquired a license package from WiTricity for its magnetic resonance technology.
“This addition to the Mahle portfolio provides us with a crucial element for the long-term acceptance and expansion of e-mobility,” said Mahle CEO Dr. Jörg Stratmann, chairman of the company’s management board. “We believe this technology offers strong market potential. Our solution will enable fast, reliable, and highly efficient charging.”
In recent years, MAHLE has intensified its research in the field of wireless charging.
“With the acquisition of licenses for WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology, we’re now progressing to the concrete development stage,” said Dr. Otmar Scharrer, Mahle’s head of corporate research and advanced engineering. “This will involve our expertise in control electronics, software, and thermal management. In the development of our solution, we’re placing particular emphasis on a modular, compact system that can be upgraded by the customer.”
Mahle is a leading international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry as well as a pioneer for the mobility of the future. The group’s product portfolio addresses all the crucial issues relating to the powertrain and air conditioning technology—both for drives with combustion engines and for e-mobility. In 2017, the group generated sales of approximately EUR 12.8 billion with about 78,000 employees and is represented in more than 30 countries with 170 production locations.