Talking about plug–in cars, since companies like Rolls Royce,Toyota, Nissan or Volvo are all trying to get energy from the grid to your electric car, Daimler wants to join this club too.
That’s the reason why Daimler and Conductix-Wampfler are teaming up on inductive charging tests with a Mercedes-Benz B-Class E-Cell Plus. The idea concept is that an electric car can automatically charge up when parked over a special unit in the ground. This eliminates all sorts of potential problems with wired EVs, from vandalism of charging units to people unplugging cars to plain laziness.
Tests done by Daimler confirmed “the considerable gain of comfort in comparison with cable based charging and that inductive charging is suitable in principle. The potential optimization regarding package, weight and integration in future electric vehicle model lines are identified and will accordingly be further developed.” Test results are important to national and international standardization activities in order to guarantee inoperability of inductive charging systems of different suppliers and electric car manufacturers.
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety helps Daimler and Conductix-Wampfler to conduct the tests. The efficiency of the wireless technology sits at around 90 percent, a little bit lower than performance capability reported by other inductive charging companies. The boys from Conductix-Wampfler have been operating wireless charging electric busesItalysince 2003.