The IPT Group, a holding company that owns wireless charging solution manufacturer IPT Technology, has acquired the inductive charging technology portfolio Primove from Bombardier.
“By acquiring Primove we’re complementing our existing IP and product portfolio and speeding up our product-to-market plans,” says IPT CEO Richard van den Dool. Both IPT Technology and Primove are conducting various wireless charging pilots, prototypes and proofs of concept.
Primove’s Z-Move is a 3.6 kW charging solution for the light-duty car market that includes a metal detection and positioning system. The company plans to complete the development of Z-Move and implement a pilot in Barcelona at the end of 2021.
IPT has been developing and installing wireless charging solutions (60-100 kW) for buses since 2004. Its first-generation charging solution was installed in Turin to charge 23 e-buses, and is still in daily operation. IPT’s third-generation Charge Bus technology is in operation in London and Madrid.
“Primove has always focused on light-duty cars (power range from 3-22 kW) and heavy-duty applications (200 kW),” said CEO/COO Victor Hoynck van Papendrecht. “IPT’s focus has been on industrial mobility.”
“Primove and IPT share a wealth of technology, market experience and installed base,” says Richard van den Dool. “Now that the global energy transition and change-over to battery-driven vehicles are taking off, we need to accelerate our product development. Our focus will move from the research, concept and prototype phase to developing serial products.”
Source: IPT Technology