Technology group MAHLE and electronics giant Siemens have signed a declaration of intent to collaborate on wireless charging systems for EVs. The companies will jointly develop and test infrastructure and automotive engineering systems, and one of the areas of focus will be promoting standards for inductive charging technology.
MAHLE has reinforced its wireless charging expertise in recent years—it has participated in two projects funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action: One project aims to develop a cross-manufacturer inductive charging system for vehicles; the second project aims to develop a standardized measurement method for the electromagnetic compatibility of inductive systems.
MAHLE already sells a cable-based infrastructure solution called chargeBIG, a charging management system that’s designed to be easily and cheapy integrated into existing infrastructure. The system is designed for locations where EVs are parked for extended periods of time (company car parks, airports, large parking garages).
“Wireless charging of electric vehicles is emerging as a major market for the future,” said Dr. Stefan Perras, Head of Predevelopment and Innovation for Charging Infrastructure at Siemens. “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.”
“We have found a strong partner in Siemens in order to make major advances in inductive charging,” said Dr. Harald Straky, VP for Global Development at MAHLE. “The combined experience of both companies gives us a clear competitive advantage.”