Watch out Tesla: 2 German companies are teaming up to develop wireless EV charging

The companies aim to achieve standardization in inductive charging systems.
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  • Siemens and MAHLE have announced that the two companies signed a letter of intent.
  • They are teaming up to develop infrastructure and automotive engineering and to provide wireless charging to electric vehicles.
  • The aim is to close gaps to ensure full interoperability between vehicles and the charging infrastructure.

Since the dawn of electric vehicles, wireless vehicle charging has been a thing, and now two companies from Germany, Siemens, a multinational conglomerate corporation and the largest industrial manufacturer in Europe, and MAHLE, an automotive parts manufacturer, are teaming up to develop infrastructure and automotive engineering and provide wireless charging to electric vehicles.

Two companies have announced that they have signed a letter of intent to collaborate in the field of inductive charging of electric vehicles.

In the future, both companies are also planning extensive interoperability and cross-testing between the charging equipment on the vehicle (secondary coil) and the charging infrastructure (primary coil). This will allow for technical improvements and validation of inductive charging systems for electric vehicles and ensure interoperability. Some of the tests will be performed as part of publicly funded projects.

The aim is to close gaps to ensure full interoperability between vehicles and the charging infrastructure.

“Wireless charging of electric vehicles is emerging as a major market for the future. In addition to making life considerably easier for drivers, who no longer have to fiddle with cables and connectors, it is a crucial requirement for the autonomous mobility of tomorrow. The transfer efficiency of wireless, inductive charging is comparable to plug-in systems,” said Stefan Perras, Head of Pre-development and Innovation for Charging Infrastructure at Siemens AG.

MAHLE aims to contribute its many years of experience as an automotive supplier and Siemens its expertise in the field of charging infrastructure.

“We are very pleased to have found a strong partner in Siemens in order to make major advances in inductive charging. The combined experience of both companies will give us a clear competitive advantage,” said Harald Straky, Vice President for Global Development in Mechatronics and Electronics at MAHLE.

MAHLE has reinforced its development activities in the field of wireless charging in recent years. This includes two projects funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), a project with the aim of developing a cross-manufacturer inductive charging system for vehicles. In the second project, a standardized measurement method for the electromagnetic compatibility of inductive systems is being developed.

As a full-service provider for eMobility charging infrastructure, Siemens eMobility offers a complete range of state-of-the-art AC and DC charging hardware, software, and services – from residential to commercial and to depot applications.

“Siemens’ core expertise in smart buildings and smart grids makes us uniquely positioned to meet our customers’ needs with comprehensive solutions and to help them design, install and manage sustainable charging solutions for a better future,” Perras added.

The signed letter of intent is exciting for electric vehicle enthusiasts, be it a success or failure.

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