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Road&Track.com – The fascinating future of the humble battery charger

That thing you hook up to your battery terminals may as well be from the stone age.

Road&Track - The fascinating future of the humble battery charger

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MotorTrend.com – Charged and Ready: A Look into CTEK, Battery Charging, and Its Wireless Future

In this Age of Powerful Car Electronics, You’d Better Keep Your Battery Charged

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AskMen.com – Audi Adventure In Sweden

Pushing An Audi To The Limits On Sweden’s Frozen Lakes In A Drag Race For The Ages

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CTEK & Järudds Bil at ELMIA 2015

CTEK and Järudds Bil at the 2015 ELMIA Custom Motor Show in Jönköping, Sweden.

 

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CTEK and RuffRiders at Clash of Nations

CTEK and RuffRiders at Clash of Nations in Falun, Sweden. Beautiful weather with some great racing and an awesome Freestyle Show!

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World RX Supercar vs. Snowmobile Drag Race

The concept was to race a 560hp World Rallycross supercar driver by a double DTM champion against a stunt rider on a 160hp snowmobile, on a frozen lake in the middle of Sweden.

The snowmobile won.

Despite massive spikes in the ice tires, the Audi S1 quattro dug a hole in the ice in its attempt to launch, while the snowmobile’s tracks found better traction each time. The race was very close but the snowmobile triumphed repeatedly.

 

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CTEK LICENSES WITRICITY TECHNOLOGY FOR WIRELESS VEHICLE BATTERY CHARGING

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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.”

About CTEK

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

About WiTricity

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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Media Contacts:

CTEK

Jon Lind, CTEK CEO, Sweden
Email:   jon.lind@ctek.com

 

WiTricity

David Schatz, WiTricity
david.schatz@witricity.comJean Serra/Katie Kennedy, Version 2.0 Communications, US PR
mailto:kkennedy@v2comms.com
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It’s time for a (battery) Chemistry lesson

What is inside your automotive or powersport battery?  Let’s find out with a quick overview of the most common types of lead acid 12-volt batteries. There are quite a few different types on the market, and here is a brief overview of the different styles:

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The Range Rover Evoque crossover is aiming to change everything

The SUV market has taken an absolute beating over the last few years, with more and more people becoming aware of their environmental footprint as well as recognizing the price of gas is only going to continue to trend upwards. This has led to a flood of crossover vehicles hitting the market in the last decade or so, with many of them compromising and eliminating all of the advantages that their vehicle and SUV counterparts brought to the table.

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Is the US auto industry poised to bounce back?

Though you would have absolutely no hard time finding a number of pundits, media outlets, and industry insiders telling you that the US auto industry has still been unable to recover from the beating it received in the mid-2000s, the truth of the matter is that if hiring rates are any sign to go off of it may be in store for quite the rebound.


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