Electric Vehicles Wireless EV Charging Spreads to Europe

Published on December 17th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

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Wireless EV Charging Reaches Europe

Wireless EV Charging Spreads to EuropeRemember wireless EV charging? It’s catching on. Automotive manufacturer Karabag is starting a new research project in Hamburg, testing out how to make the best magnetic induction EV charger possible. Nissan is, of course, still pushing forward with its wireless charger for the Leaf.

Researchers pushing ahead with inductive charging technology are counting on it becoming standard for electric vehicles within the next ten years. Problems with current EV charging stations, such as mechanical wear, vandalism, or accumulation of dirt, are cited as becoming markedly reduced by using a wireless system (although I’m not sure, exactly, what makes a wireless charger any cleaner).

Projects, Programs, and Installations

Karabag’s research project is funded by a federal research program, and involves installing 20 charging stations around Hamburg. Customers can participate for a fee of 198 Euros per month; their electric vehicles are outfitted for induction charging, with an onboard charger installed behind the front license plate. In order to charge the car as efficiently as with an actual physical cord, the car has to nearly touch the front plate to the charging station.

A number of companies are participating in Karabag’s project, including manufacturer Vahle, who designed the charging stations. Also supporting the experiment are Finepower – developer of the onboard charging unit – and logistics company Hermes. “We want to be able to use this innovating charging process in daily life,” said Hermes CEO Philip Noelling to German blog Autobild.

Nissan’s project is also steadily chugging along, with its system for the next generation of the Leaf expected to hit the market in 2013. In order to charge the battery, the EV will just have to park on top of a charging coil installed in the ground. Nissan’s subsidiary Infiniti will be making the electric limousines announced for 2014 compatible for wireless charging as well.

Source: Autobild.de | Image: Nissan.


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About the Author

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.



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  • http://www.GreenJoyment.com Juan Miguel Ruiz

    EVs will be enter the mainstream if a method by which the charging of the batteries were made quicker, with reduced hassles of carrying various chargers over a range of brands. Another method to increase popularity of EVs is to increase range, meaning less times you need to charge. Wireless charging might be the special something that gets people to become more interested in EVs.

    JM Ruiz (GreenJoyment.com)

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  • Uncle B

    Thorium fueled LFTR reactors, electric bullet trains, and now this! Electric cars that can be charged inductively? What next? Is this the beginning of the end of the piston engine?

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