The topic of e-mobility – “the future of vehicle technology” – is well known to everyone. In order to support the upswing in the e-mobility market, it is essential to expand the nationwide infrastructure with convenient and fast charging facilities.
The market still offers great potential
The forecasts assume a production volume in 2025 of more than 10 million electric vehicles per year.The current focus is on the installation of fast-charging pillars and parking spaces for electric vehicles at motorway service areas and other public places. In addition, e-mobility will be promoted with a bundle of further market incentives, such as purchase premiums, free charging and tax exemptions or reductions. An increasing demand for convenient, intelligent charging technologies for the home or workplace is so foreseeable.
Loading assistants make refuelling flexible and uncomplicated
CarLa, a mobile charging assistant that independently connects and decouples e-cars from their charging stations, was presented for the first time at automatica 2018. CarLa was developed in a joint research project with Volkswagen. Sedric”, the first concept vehicle of an autonomously driving car from VW, was also on show at the trade fair. CARA, the charging assistant for the home, was also developed in cooperation with VW. The wall-mounted assistant recognizes the position of the charging plug in the vehicle and can thus independently connect the charging cable to the parked vehicle. CARA is designed for AC and DC charging peripherals, only a 115 V/230 V connection is required. Operation is convenient via MobileApp.
But first, there is another stationary charging assistant planned for use in fast charging stations or public car parks.