German supplier Continental has developed two battery charging systems that aim to tackle the obstacles of range, weight and cost often associated with charging technology.
The first of the two is a wireless charging system that transfers power from a charging pad on the ground, to a receiver pad beneath an electric vehicle. The charging power is transferred inductively, and is able to supply one mile of driving for every 90 seconds of charging, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
The system is coupled with a micro navigation feature that uses a magnetic location system to "position the vehicle up to ten times more accurately than a conventional parking assistant could," the supplier said. The location system can also detect the ground pad through layers of snow or leaves.
Continental will showcase the charging systems at the CES technology exposition in Las Vegas next month.
The second system, "AllCharge," acts as a "universal pass key" that allows the driver to use any charging station, regardless of current type, voltage or charging rate. It also permits the electric vehicle to serve as a mobile bank to provide power off-board for other equipment.
AllCharge also eliminates the need for additional bulky and expensive charging technology, through the adjustment of the vehicle's and electrical motor and inverter to aid the charging process. According to the company, the system can generate 50 km (31 miles) of driving range in just ten minutes of charging time.