Published on December 26th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás7
Momentum Dynamics Adds Volt Brainpower To Wireless Charging Team
The field of wireless electric vehicle charging may still be in its infancy, but Pennsylvania’s Momentum Dynamics believes wireless charging for EVs is the future – and we tend to agree! In a bid to secure their position as the dominant force in the industry most likely to relegate gas stations to the dustbins of history, Momentum Dynamics has brought on former GM executive Tony Posawatz.
Posawatz’ record at GM is exemplary, and his crowning achievements at that company were his accomplishments as the Vehicle Line Director for the Chevy Volt. That means Posawatz understands how massive automakers view, consider, and build EVs and hybrids, and, crucially, how to get certain design features pushed through from design to proof-of-concept to production. What that means for Momentum Dynamics and its wireless charging pads is that they now have an inside track- both politically and practically- to help make wireless charging capabilities a reality at the company that currently offers the Chevy Volt, the Cadillac ELR, and the Chevy Spark EV … all of which could benefit tremendously from a system like Momentum’s.
Bringing Posawatz on board is smart move, then, from Momentum – and they know it. “We are delighted Tony will be joining Momentum Dynamics,” said Momentum Dynamics CEO Andy Daga. “His experience and reputation in product innovation, planning and strategy, program management, corporate finance, and extensive knowledge of the automotive industry will provide MD a unique perspective and advantage as we commercialize our technology with our strategic partners.”
Momentum Dynamics first showed the latest, nearly-ready-for-prime-time version of their wireless charging tech back in October, on (of course!) a Chevy Volt. The system is designed to deliver some 20,000 watts of inductive power to a vehicle through ice, snow, or water, and the entire charging process can be completed automatically. This compares to “typical” 110-volt, 15-amp home power outlets that can’t deliver more than 1,800 watts of power – which should allow Momentum’s much more convenient system to reduce charging times by 75%, from 8 hours to 2.
More convenience, faster charge times, and fewer wires? Seems to me like Momentum has hit upon a winning formula. Congrats to both MD and Posawatz, who will be coming on as head of the company’s Technology Advisory Board about the time you read this.
This post was sponsored by Momentum Dynamics.