If you follow the media recently you get the impression that there’s a lot moving forward in the area of electric mobility. Tesla just revealed its first all-electric truck “Semi” in a big ceremony and at the same time announced its plan to build a new e-roadster. Also in Europe the development is moving forward. In a collaborative effort the big car companies BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche form the joint venture IONITY planning to build a network of reliable and powerful charging stations across Europe.
Beside limited range and the high prize of the vehicles, insufficient infrastructure of charging stations belongs to the main reasons why people are still hesitant towards electric cars. Too little charging stations can still be found on the main roads. Especially in rural areas this is still a big problem. The situation in lager cities is significantly better. But no one is willing to wait ages until the battery is loaded completely or at least up to a level that you can drive longer distances.
The infrastructure issue is obviously tackled by some heavyweights from the automotive industry now. But what about the reduction of charging times? Also in this area collaborative efforts are underway to solve this problem. The issue is more complex than you might think. It’s not only about charging the vehicle, but also load to the electricity grid need to be taken into account. Voltage peaks need to be handled by the electricity providers. This especially holds when more and more fast-chargers that provide up to 350 kW will be installed.
At events like the Electric Vehicle Symposium that recently took place in Stuttgart, where the premium car manufacturers Mercedes and Porsche are based, subjects like these are being discussed between researchers, government representatives and industry experts. One of the associations that tackles the issues of electric vehicle charging is Charging Interface Initiative e. V. (CharIN) with its seat in Berlin. One of its objectives is to develop and establish the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the standard for charging battery powered electric vehicles of all kinds. The entire value chain is on board, from car manufacturers, providers of highly integrated software and hardware solutions, or semiconductor companies like EBV.
We spoke the Claas Bracklo, chairman of the CharIN association, about the highlights at EVS30 in Stuttgart. Here are his statements:
Very interesting are the developments in the field of smart grid that are underway. Already at PCIM Europe we presented a grid concept for e-vehicle combined charging. At EVS30 we had the chance to speak with the President and CEO of IoTecha, Oleg Logvinov, whose company has the goal of making combine charging system implementation simple. Learn more about it in this interview:
To put it in a nutshell, there are quite some initiatives underway that are aimed to make electric mobility a reality and consequently contribute to environmental friendly traffic. Pioneer Tesla will face more completion in the future, but there’s one thing all the companies have in common: Drive electric mobility forward and make it the way of transportation of choice.
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