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Keba uses Easelink’s conductive charging solutions

Keba uses Easelink’s conductive charging solutions

With the Easelink system, a vehicle with a modified charging pad at the bottom of the chassis is parked on top of a floor-mounted charging pad – as with inductive charging. However, current is not transmitted wirelessly (with certain losses), rather the vehicle-mounted connector is lowered onto the base plate thus creating a conductive connection with much lower losses.

Part of the cooperation between the two companies is, among other things, to offer matrix charging as a possible additional charging interface to the classic cable in Keba wall boxes for both existing customers and new customers. It’s another option for customers to charge the car using their Keba wall box – but you can also use the classic cable. The letter does not explain the cost of the new or retrofit solution.

This technology enables automated charging, eliminating the need to manually connect the charging cable. The two partners see automated charging not only as an increase in convenience, but above all as an opportunity to better integrate electric vehicles into the energy grid of the future and intelligently control charging processes. Once parked on top of the Matrix charging pad, the car is automatically connected to the power grid – whether it needs to charge or perhaps even can provide electricity to stabilize the grid in the future.

“Automating the charging process and the near-permanent connection between the electric vehicle and the grid connection at home has corresponding future potential,” says Gerhard Weidinger, CTO at Keba Energy Automation. “Especially regarding optimization options for PV surplus charging or grid stabilization as well as future applications for bi-directional charging – keyword vehicle to home (V2H).”

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“We are very pleased to be working with Keba as e-mobility specialists on the next generation of home charging,” says Gregor Eckhard, COO of Easelink. “In particular, Kiba’s many years of industrial experience and in-depth expertise, from electronics development to production, strengthens matrix charging technology as the interoperable charging standard of the future.”

The opportunity for Easelink to sell an automated charging solution (without additional charging technology) is potentially significant: Keba has so far sold more than 500,000 wallboxes, which customers can now upgrade if they wish.

keba.com, easylink.com