CTEK LICENSES WITRICITY TECHNOLOGY FOR WIRELESS VEHICLE BATTERY CHARGING
Leading battery charger manufacturer looks to revolutionize the automotive battery charging industry.
Modern vehicles are totally reliant upon their electrical systems, with car manufacturers running everything from GPS navigation to electric power steering, stability control, adjustable suspension systems and so much more from the car’s electrical circuits. Most vehicles also rely on a charged battery to allow vehicle access, so a dead battery can ruin the start to anybody’s day.
With such dependence on the electrical system, the importance of keeping a vehicle’s battery charged and in top condition is crucial to its performance and reliability. This has been recognized for many years, which is why most premium carmakers specify CTEK battery chargers and maintainers to their customers, providing them as approved genuine accessories – some specialized vehicles are even supplied with a CTEK charger as standard equipment.
As the world’s leading automotive battery charger manufacturer, CTEK is always looking for ways to make its products even easier to use. They currently have simple one-button operation, easy-to-connect terminals, battery charge indicators and non-reversible connectors. The next step in this development will be heralded by the advent of wireless power transfer using magnetic resonance, initiating a new era in automotive battery charging.
With an eye to the future, CTEK Corporation has announced a technology and patent license agreement with WiTricity: the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance. The licensing agreement enables CTEK to commercialize WiTricity’s patented technology to create high performance, efficient wireless charging systems for a wide range of battery charging and battery conditioning applications in various automotive and powersports applications.
“CTEK will adopt WiTricity’s technology to revolutionize battery charging by removing the need for cables in a wide range of automotive, industrial and recreational vehicle battery systems, eliminating the need for our customers to plug in,” said CTEK CEO, Jon Lind. “We are excited to be on the forefront of the next generation of battery charging products for consumers and the automotive industry, and look forward to leveraging WiTricity’s ground-breaking technology to bring a new level of convenience and ease of use to market.”
Under the terms of this licensing agreement, CTEK will be able to create wireless charging solutions based on WiTricity technology for a wide range of vehicle battery systems. By providing a flexible and efficient method of wireless power transfer, CTEK will begin to develop a line of products that will bring a new level of convenience and ease to battery charging.
Future applications should make it possible for drivers to simply park over a contact patch in their garage or parking spot, leaving the battery to charge in their absence. Owners who have vehicles for occasional use, such as classic cars or powersports machines that only come out at the weekend, could also take advantage of such a device.
Among the myriad of potential uses for this new technology, emergency vehicles could be among the first to benefit. First responders need their vehicles to start first time, every time, maintaining electrical systems while the vehicle is parked.
Since its founding, CTEK has sold more than 6.2 million battery chargers in 70 countries around the world. CTEK is a trusted supplier to many of the world’s most respected car and motorcycle manufacturers, and has won more than 15 different independent battery charger awards since 2005.
“WiTricity is excited to partner with CTEK, a company that is respected for both its technical prowess and worldwide distribution network,” said WiTricity CEO Alex Gruzen. “CTEK is a world leader in designing charging systems for a wide range of applications, and has a number of technologies to complement WiTricity’s cutting edge wireless power transfer technology. In addition to its worldwide reach in consumer markets, CTEK is well positioned within Europe to work with WiTricity in providing a variety of customized battery charging solutions for industrial and transportation applications.”
CTEK SWEDEN AB develops and manufactures battery chargers for all types of lead-acid and lithium batteries for both private and professional use. CTEK’s unparalleled innovation has enabled it to develop cutting edge technology with several patented functions and properties that make CTEK battery chargers and accessories unique.
For more information, please visit www.ctek.com
WiTricity Corporation provides the foundational technology to enable wireless power transfer over distance using magnetic resonance. Through deep domain expertise, a strong IP portfolio and an extensive reference design library, WiTricity works with innovative companies to incorporate WiTricity technology in their products and solutions. With a growing list of global licensees in consumer electronics, automotive, medical and defense industries, the company has emerged as the leader in wireless power transfer over distance.
For more information, visit witricity.com
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TWINSBURG, Ohio — CTEK Power Inc. has renewed its sponsorship of the CTEK/Northstar Miller Racing Chevrolet Camaro driven by Cameron Lawrence for the 2014 season. Last year, Lawrence was the TransAm TA2 class overall champion after winning eight out of 10 races.
Lawrence, now in his fourth year of racing in Trans Am, has begun 2014 just like he finished 2013—in winning fashion. To date, Lawrence has claimed four of the five TA2 races this year.
“As a supplier to, and partner with NorthStar Battery on their premier line of battery chargers, we are honored to sponsor Cameron Lawrence and Miller Racing,” said Matt Ingram, regional sales manager for CTEK. “So far, it is shaping up to be another championship season for the team.”
“Miller Racing is thrilled to continue its relationship with CTEK,” said Mike Miller owner of Miller Racing. Miller says CTEK battery chargers are used for every race weekend and around the Miller Racing race shop. He points out that CTEK chargers have become an integral part of keeping Miller Racing batteries conditioned. “The demands made on our racing batteries are very high and with the use of our CTEK chargers we have never had a failure or problem,” continued Miller.
NorthStar Battery Chargers by CTEK are multi-step, fully automatic primary switch mode chargers for batteries that can support fast charging. Unlike traditional battery chargers, CTEK chargers are designed with a focus on simplicity, safety and flexibility. The NorthStar Battery CTEK chargers are weather resistant, with unique Supply and Recond modes, and a patented desulphation function.
The Trans Am Series, America’s Road Racing Series, dates back to 1966. The series now features three distinct classes; TA, TA2 and TA3 and is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. For more information, visit www.gotransam.com.
TWINSBURG, Ohio — CTEK Power, Inc. has renewed its sponsorship of Valerie Thompson Racing for the 2014 season. Owner and driver Valerie Thompson is a six-time land speed record holder and one of America’s fastest females on two-wheels.
Riding the CTEK-sponsored BMW 1000 RR, Thompson shattered the East Coast Timing
Association (ECTA) one-mile record in the MPS/Modified Class during the recent Ohio Mile competition in Wilmington, Ohio. Thompson clocked in at 208.7 mph, easily breaking the former record of 205 mph. Thompson’s new record also qualified her for membership in the exclusive ECTA 200 MPH Club while claiming bragging rights as the fastest RR in the MPS/F-1000 Class.
“It is a great honor and achievement to be the newest member of the ECTA’s 200 MPH Club, especially since I am only the third female of less than 100 members,” said Thompson. “I’m proud to represent CTEK throughout the 2014 campaign and we thank them for once again being one of our valued sponsors.”
Thompson and her CTEK-sponsored BMW team now turn their sights on setting new land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the August 9-15 speed trials.
“We offer our congratulations to Valerie and her team for this incredible achievement at the Ohio Mile,” said Matt Ingram, regional sales manager for CTEK. “Valerie is a great ambassador for our chargers and accessories, and we are thrilled to renew our sponsorship. She brings passion and enthusiasm to her loyal fans who help support her sponsors.”
Twinsburg, Ohio – Roger Parker, an experienced automotive business manager, has joined CTEK Power, Inc.as the company’s logistics coordinator and inside sales representative. Most recently, Parker was general sales manager for Fitzgerald Automotive Group and spent four years as the park services director at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
In his new role at CTEK, Parker will help lead technical support for the company. He will also be responsible for order fulfillment, customer service, inventory planning and marketing support for CTEK’s sales team.
“Roger’s exceptional interpersonal skills combined with his automotive experience, including his time as an ASE certified automotive technician, provides CTEK with a strong technical support background that will benefit our customers,” said Andreas Naeslund, president of Americas for CTEK.
Parker studied business administration, marketing and automotive technology at Bowling Green State University and Terra Community College.
Twinsburg, Ohio – CTEK Power, Inc. has announced the winners in its “Live Life Fully Charged” Facebook contest. The contest at www.facebook.com/SmarterCharger was held during the months of February and March and asked users to post a picture on the CTEK Facebook wall of themselves and their vehicle “living life fully.”
As the first place winner, Jim Leatherman received a CTEK MUS 4.3 Test & Charge Battery Charger and Maintainer. The second prize recipient, Edenir Copeland, was awarded a CTEK MUS 3300 Battery Charger and the third prize winner, Ethan Brey, received CTEK’s Battery Status Indicator Eyelet.
“We are grateful for the many CTEK fans who posted pictures on our Facebook wall of themselves with their favorite motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile, car, truck or SUV,” said Matt Ingram, regional sales manager for CTEK. “We were overwhelmed by the creativity that our fans displayed, which made it difficult to narrow the selection to just three winners.”
Ingram said a CTEK Comfort Connect Indicator Eyelet, which retails for $11.99, was offered via email as a consolation prize to everyone who entered the contest.
The CTEK promotion was in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Contestants provided information to CTEK and not to Facebook.
Twinsburg, Ohio – CTEK Power, Inc. has announced the appointment of Bobbie DuMelle as the company’s new executive vice president of sales. Most recently, DuMelle was vice president of sales and marketing for Schumacher Electric. She will report to Andreas Naeslund, president of Americas for CTEK.
DuMelle is responsible for overseeing CTEK’s sales team in North and South America and helping the company grow into new market segments. DuMelle brings a strong background to CTEK in leading sales, marketing and service teams in the automotive industry. She also has valuable experience in supply chain management. In addition to working at Schumacher Electric for eight years, DuMelle has experience running her own company, DuMelle & Associates and in sales and marketing for General Cable Corporation.
”There are tremendous opportunities ahead for CTEK” said DuMelle. “I am thrilled to join the company at this strategic time in their growth cycle. I am privileged to work with a great group of individuals who take a team approach to sales.”
Twinsburg, Ohio – CTEK Power, Inc. has announced the appointment of Andreas Naeslund as the company’s new president, Americas. Naeslund will oversee sales, marketing, customer service and distribution for the company’s leading brand of smart charging battery systems in the North and South America markets. He will report to Jon Lind, CEO, CTEK Group.
“I’m excited to join CTEK, a company that is a respected supplier of premium car manufacturers worldwide,” said Naeslund. “CTEK has a strong team of professionals and an innovative product lineup that is beloved by customers around the globe. I look forward to the challenge of expanding our technologically superior battery charging solutions into a broader number of market segments.”
Naeslund brings to CTEK a strong background in international technical sales. Most recently, Naeslund was the sales manager, North America for Polestar, Inc., a fully-owned subsidiary of Polestar AB, the official motorsports partner of Volvo Cars. Naeslund was responsible for establishing Polestar in North America.
Prior to Polestar, Naeslund held a variety of management positions in sales and technical support for FLIR Systems AB, Micronic Laser Systems AB and Spectra Physics Visiontech.
Naeslund earned a degree in mechanical engineering/production engineering from the University of Karlstad. He also attended the Swedish Army School of Engineering in Östersund. Naeslund holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Sweden.
Twinsburg, Ohio – CTEK has announced a partnership with NorthStar Battery to sell a line of high performance 12V battery chargers.
The new NorthStar Battery Chargers by CTEK are multi-step, fully automatic primary switch mode chargers for batteries that can support fast charging. Which means the NorthStar Battery Charger by CTEK can recharge a discharged NorthStar battery in as little as 3 hours or less.
“NorthStar Battery is a premier manufacturer of batteries,” said Andreas Naeslund, managing director, CTEK Power Inc. “We are excited to work with them on this new line of chargers. Consumers benefit by achieving the longest life possible for NorthStar batteries, as proper charging can double the life of a battery.”
Unlike traditional battery chargers, CTEK chargers are designed with a focus on simplicity, safety and flexibility. The new chargers are weather resistant, with unique Supply and Recond modes, and a patented desulphation function.
CTEK has sold over 4 million battery chargers in 60 countries around the world, and has won more than 15 independent battery charger tests since 2005.
Proudly made in the USA, NorthStar Batteries use the latest manufacturing technologies to deliver long life, superior cranking, unrivaled cycling, faster recharge and minimal maintenance, even in extreme conditions.
For more information about NorthStar Batteries, visit www.northstarbattery.com.
Twinsburg, Ohio – CTEK, leaders in battery charging systems and accessories, has launched its “Live Life Fully Charged” Facebook contest at www.facebook.com/SmarterCharger. During the month of February, CTEK is asking Facebook users to post a picture on the CTEK Facebook wall of themselves and their vehicle “living life fully.”
“We wanted to have some fun with this contest so we are asking CTEK fans to dig through their phone or computers and post a picture of themselves with their favorite vehicle, motorcycle, snowmobile, or ATV,” said Matt Ingram, regional sales manager for CTEK. “It could be a picture of anything, such as a family road trip or somebody on their way to a motorcycle rally.”
The contest ends on February 28 and three winners will be selected by CTEK. The first prize winner will receive CTEK’s newest product, the MUS 4.3 Test & Charge Battery Charger and Maintainer. The second prize recipient will be awarded a CTEK MUS 3300 Battery Charger and the third prize winner will receive CTEK’s Battery Status Indicator Eyelet.
Visit CTEK’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SmarterCharger for complete contest rules. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Contestants are providing information to CTEK and not to Facebook. The information provided will only be used by CTEK.
CTEK Will Launch New Barrett-Jackson Branded Battery Charger at Prestigious Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction January 12-19
Twinsburg, Ohio – CTEK, a leader in smart charging battery systems, will launch the Official Barrett-Jackson Powered by CTEK Battery Charger and Maintainer at the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company Scottsdale Auction scheduled from January 12-19, 2014. CTEK is one of a handful of elite companies with an official licensing agreement with Barrett-Jackson and will be onsite for the event in the sponsor pavilion.
The Official Barrett-Jackson Powered by CTEK Battery Charger and Maintainer, is a fully automatic 8-step charger that maximizes battery life and performance. The charger can solve a broad range of battery-related problems and is the perfect charger and maintainer for collector car owners with exacting demands. The Official Barrett-Jackson Powered by CTEK Battery Charger and Maintainer delivers selectable 0.8 A or 4.3 A to 12 V batteries from 1.2–110 Ah and is suitable for maintenance charging up to 160 Ah.
“We are excited about our partnership with Barrett-Jackson Auction Company and for the opportunity to participate in their prestigious event in Scottsdale,” said Ken Palmman, general manager, CTEK Power Inc. “We look forward to providing more information to Barrett-Jackson clients and answering their questions about our new charger.”
In addition, Valerie Thompson, the CTEK Power Inc. sponsored owner/driver of Valerie Thompson Racing (VTR), will be making celebrity appearances at the CTEK exhibit in the sponsor pavilion during the auction week and attendees will get a chance to see her BMW racing bike there. Thompson is a five-time motorcycle land speed record holder and racing team owner.
The Barrett-Jackson 43rd Annual Scottsdale Auction is being held at the all-new facility at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Barrett-Jackson’s historic auction week attracts top car aficionados and collectors with some of the world’s most valuable collectible and coveted vehicles.
The Official Barrett-Jackson Powered by CTEK Battery Charger and Maintainer comes with a five year warranty and will be available during the Scottsdale Auction. It is also available at the Barrett-Jackson website at www.barrett-jackson.com or through CTEK at www.smartercharger.com/barrett-jackson.