Continental automates charging of Electric Vehicles and makes them a Mobile Power Bank

Continental automates charging of Electric Vehicles and makes them a Mobile Power Bank

Many drivers have long dreamed of the day when charging an all-electric or plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle would be
as easy as refueling a conventional model. Now the wait is over, as Continental will be demonstrating at the
Consumer Electronics Show (CES, January 9 to 12, 2018) in Las Vegas. At CES the technology company will present two new battery charging systems, both of which help to maximize the inherent advantages of electric vehicles.

Designed for ultimate convenience, Continental’s automatic wireless charging system transfers charging power
inductively, which means that drivers no longer have to grapple with a cable. This system is accompanied by a new
Continental micronavigation solution thatallows the vehicle to be positioned precisely over the ground-based
charging pad. In the future, further advances in the field of semi-automated driving technology will make it
possible to do this without any driver action.

The second innovative system from Continental – AllCharge – has the potential to revolutionize cable-based charging. The AllCharge system eliminates the driver apprehension of finding a compatible charging station. AllCharge technology can utilize any charging point whatever the charging rate, type of current or voltage level. As well as being flexible and efficient, AllCharge offers a further advantage as it allows the EV to double as a mobile power bank capable of supplying AC power off-board– without the need for additional equipment. In this role the vehicle can be used to provide power for a range of scenarios, from tailgate parties to powering tradesmen’s equipment on construction sites.

“Continental offers an unrivaled range of charging technologies, developed on the basis of our extensive cross-
divisional know-how,” says Brian McKay, Director Powertrain Technology & Innovation Continental North America .
“The innovative technologies we are showcasing at CES will make charging an electric vehicle simpler, more
convenient and more efficient. This means that the widely discussed issue of range anxiety will soon become largely irrelevant. Additionally, to bring additional features to the consumer , our AllCharge system gives electric
vehicles the added utility to serve as a mobile energy source.”

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