By Marcus Leach

London based Halo IPT’s leading wireless charging technology for electric vehicles, developed by Arup and Auckland Uniservices, has been acquired by Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM).

The UK-based technology development company was founded by Auckland
University’s technology development vehicle, UniServices, in conjunction
with Arup and the support of the Trans Tasman Commercialisation Fund and the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund.

Since its inception in May 2010, Halo IPT has pioneered the development and
production of wireless charging technology for the transportation sector.
The company’s objective is to bring its wireless charging technology to
market for road vehicle applications on a global scale.

“In only 18 months, we have brought world-class university research to the
attention of the global automotive industry. Through really innovative
design, we have demonstrated the huge potential for wireless charging to the
world’s leading vehicle manufacturers,” John Miles, Executive Chairman of HaloIPT and a Director at Arup, said.

“Electric vehicles hold great promise and the success of HaloIPT demonstrates the value of Arup’s investment of time and resources in activities we feel can make a real difference to the world around us — like developing skills and knowledge needed for a global shift to low carbon economy.”

According to Andrew Gilbert, Qualcomm’s Executive Vice President, European
Innovation Development, “Qualcomm has been investing in wireless power for
a number of years and the HaloIPT acquisition will further strengthen our
technology and patent portfolio. Building off 20 years of development and
innovation in wireless power at the University of Auckland and the global
expertise and market knowledge at Arup, the HaloIPT team has established
itself in a relatively short period of time as a leading developer in
wireless electric road vehicle charging — with HaloIPT winning industry
acclamation and awards.”

Arup has a longstanding interest and expertise in low carbon mobility. The
group is currently leading several major projects in this area, including
the UK’s CABLED Consortium (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission
Demonstrators) programme — the UK’s largest trial of electric vehicles.
CABLED tackles questions such as the impact the vehicles on driving habits
and behaviours and the optimum placing of charging points to suit the
average urban journey.

Arup is also leading a consortium contributing to a £11m research programme — led by the Energy Technologies Institute. The initiative aims to support the future roll-out of electric vehicles. Working with the University of
Leeds and E.ON, Arup is developing a model to analyse the economics of
UK-wide electric and hybrid electric vehicle usage to support potential
carbon reduction.

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