Continental to Rescue the EV Charging Toubles
For gauging the consumer demands for EV, most analysts prefer to use the range and the cost as the parameters for vehicle battery packs.
However, Continental AG has a different belief, which talks about how the market interest is actually more dependent on the battery charging systems.
As per Continental, the issue with the impending demand is that different public charging stations are made up of a different, sometimes incompatible technologies.
While some stations are equipped with slow AC chargers, some of them might have the high-speed DC chargers and then comes the trouble since not all vehicles are equipped with differing systems.
This difference in the charging systems might work to scare potential consumer who have a considerable range anxiety.
For solving the problem, Continental has worked to design an onboard charging system, which is able to accommodate a high-speed DC charger, a single-phase AC charger, and a three-phase AC charger.
The system has been made so that it creates a whole new function for an EV electric motor and its inverter. Along with the addition of a DC/AC converter, these programmable components will be able to handle charging as well.
The system will then allow any electric vehicle to plug into either DC or AC charger, thus, allowing the driver to possibly use the EV for recharging other electronics, such as refrigerators, laptops etc.
Continental’s R&D work on the issues and rectification of the charging systems comes as the U.S. based EV market has been picking up speed. Early estimates expect that by 2025, 10 percent of auto sales will be from Electrical vehicles.
Even then, the E-recharge network of the U.S. isn’t much ready for the mass market EV. At the current time, U.S. accounts for about 823,000 charging systems, though they are mostly AC chargers that have been made for household use. By 2023, the number is expected to increase to 5.5 million charging systems.