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15thJuly 2019

Quick and easy without cables: Hager Group develops a new charging station for the e-car

Just imagine that your electric vehicle can park autonomously. This is already a reality for premium vehicles and may soon be part of everyday life. If it’s already possible for my car to drive by itself, then why can’t my charging station automatically connect to my car? Gone are the days of having to connect the tangle of cables from the boot of the car to the charging station - and then rolling them up again to stow them away. The charging process would practically start by itself. Sounds pretty comfortable, doesn't it?

We at the Hager Group are working to ensure that, in the light of this, it doesn’t just stop at a perception of comfort. With our automatic charging system,we want to be the ones to shape the future of electromobility.

Docking instead of plugging in: This is how the automatic Charging System (aCS) from Hager works

Experts describe this process as conductive, automated charging. Unlike the inductive, or rather, wireless charging via high-frequency magnetic fields, the advantages of conductive charging are obvious: An efficient, emission-free and direct transmission of electrical energy from the charging infrastructure to the electric vehicle. With no loss of conversion and scattering, enabling safe, comfortable, fast and ecological charging.

The charging performance is not restricted by strict emission limits and allows slow charging at home, as well as fast charging at a service area. Fast charging brings another advantage to the conductive connection, as it allows the charging system to efficiently cool even the active vehicle components using its external coolant circuit, without having to install additional cooling components in the vehicle. This saves space and weight.

This is all made possible by a ground station, which communicates with the vehicle even prior to the parking process. The system directs the vehicle to the exact parking position above the ground station before the actual docking process begins. In doing so, a contact head moves out of the ground station and connects with the vehicle’s electrical circuit via a coupling on the underside of the vehicle. When parking, the system can assist the driver with the aid of the parking assistant, or it can even park itself.

Why aCS is important for the energy revolution

Electric vehicles benefit from cheap electricity from wind and sun only when they are ready for charging at the right time. This is only the case when they are connected to the grid. With the charging system, exactly this happens automatically whenever the car is on the parking space.

And we’re thinking ahead even further: With the development of such a charging system, we want to enable bi-directional (dis-)charging from the vehicle to the home (V2H) and from the vehicle to the grid (V2G). It doesn't matter if this takes place at home, in a public area, in a car park or at a petrol station.

Does aCS sound interesting to you? Do you have other application ideas, or do you have a concrete project idea? Great! Then network with our experts!

Our engineers look forward to sharing ideas with potential business customers and possibly partners to take the next steps from concept to series production. If you have any questions, please contact innovation.obernai@hagergroup.com

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Hager Group was present at the 23rd Family business career day

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4th year in row for Hager Group as "Employer of Choice".


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