As we all know, electric vehicles can only cover a limited distance before they need recharging. So a widespread network of charging points will need to be put in place in cities to keep millions of e-vehicles on the road. Charging infrastructure has to be robust and weather-resistant so that it can be installed and operated in various settings, such as public spaces or outdoor areas. But at the same time, charging systems must not create barriers or trip hazards. Produced by high-tech company Easelink, the automated conductive Matrix Charging® technology provides a solution for the urban vehicle charging infrastructure of the future.
The system consists of two components: the Matrix Charging® Connector fitted on the vehicle underbody, and the Matrix Charging® Pad, which is installed directly in the parking space. As soon as the vehicle parks above the Pad, the Connector extends downwards from the underbody, connects with the Pad below, and the vehicle is charged automatically via the conductive connection. The technology is highly robust, as the Pad can be embedded in the parking space to create a flat surface. This means an extensive network of charging points can be installed in urban settings.
Alongside the system’s robustness, the automated charging process translates into far greater convenience for e-vehicle users. With Matrix Charging®, attaching and unplugging cables is a thing of the past.
Easelink teamed up with faigle for the current Matrix Charging® prototype generation, with the aim of producing a particularly hard-wearing enclosure made from rigid PVC for the Matrix Charging® Pad.
The Pad is resistant against chemical, mechanical, temperature-related and electromagnetic influences, and can withstand wheel loads of up to 2,500kg. The integrated cleaning function in the Matrix Charging® Connector clears various surface contaminants from the Matrix Charging® Pad, which ensures a reliable connection for recharging.
With the Matrix Charging® system, the charging infrastructure is concealed beneath the vehicle. All that is required at the parking facility is a flat surface, so that the Matrix Charging® Pad can be embedded flush in the parking spaces; alternatively, the Pad can be placed on the surface of the parking space. This means that no space is lost and no additional obstacles are created. In many parking facilities (for vehicle fleets, at supermarkets and in public car parks, for example), the Pad must be designed to withstand the loads generated by commercial vehicles. Weather-related factors and the influence of dirt and road salt also need to be considered when it comes to installation. Integrating the charging system into the surface of the parking space is the most practical solution.
The mechanical solution used for the robust, cost-effective and easy-to-use charging equipment on the vehicle is a simple, unidirectional upward and downward movement.
The cost-effective, highly efficient design of Matrix Charging® was developed to allow for installation in private garages as well as in public spaces.
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