Austrian start-up Easelink has re-envisioned the charging of electric vehicles. Cables and charging columns will become obsolete. The charging process will be automated and take place without the user even noticing – time spent parked will effectively become time spent charging.
The company has taken a giant leap forward in electric vehicle charging technology by revolutionising the process and producing the first automated conductive charging technology that has no moving parts outside of the vehicle. Easelink’s MATRIX CHARGING® Systems’ unique selling point is obvious. It’s stationary and it’s scalable.
Cars with MATRIX CHARGING® Systems charge automatically when parked over a MATRIX CHARGING® Pad. Connector and Pad communicate via a secure wireless connection. After a system check and an authentication process, the vehicle automatically connects to the MATRIX CHARGING® Pad. An intelligent charging management system controls and permanently monitors the charging process.
“With Matrix Charging, electric vehicles are charged automatically and without cables – this smart technology operates itself without user intervention,” explains Easelink founder Hermann Stockinger.
“From parking garages or drive-ins to private parking spaces or railway crossings – any time spent standing still can be used for charging the electric vehicle. Matrix Charging, therefore, satisfies all the prerequisites to become the international standard for charging electric vehicles.
Stockinger, who recently saw Asian car maker Great Wall Motors present Matrix Charging in a concept vehicle at the last IAA in Frankfurt, adds, “We are currently involved in numerous intensive negotiations with car makers around the world, and we are pursuing the clear goal of making Matrix Charging the global standard over the medium term.”
The technology at the core of this e-revolution is called Matrix Charging. It is easy to explain how it works: A connector that lowers from the undercarriage of the electric vehicle docks entirely automatically with a pad fastened to the ground, which is connected to the power grid. The exact parking point and the orientation of the vehicle don’t matter. The connector that lowers from the vehicle locks itself automatically to the six-sided metallic contact surfaces of the pad. “With Matrix Charging, electric vehicles are charged automatically and without cables – this smart technology operates itself without user intervention,” explains Easelink founder Hermann Stockinger. This will also increase the perceived range of electric vehicles, emphasizes Stockinger: “From parking garages or drive-ins to private parking spaces or railway crossings – any time spent standing still can be used for charging the electric vehicle.”
Just one of many advantages of the high-tech system: Based on conduction, the system achieves a transmission performance of up to 43 kW (DC) or 22 kW (AC), with an efficiency exceeding 99 percent. For comparison: Induction solutions based on electromagnetic waves do not achieve even a quarter of this performance – and they offer practically no parking tolerance. “Matrix Charging therefore satisfies all the prerequisites to become the international standard for charging electric vehicles,” emphasizes Stockinger. Car makers around the world are studying the high potential of the technology. Prototypes of the system are currently being validated in a wide range of development environments on multiple continents. Specifically, the Asian car maker Great Wall Motors has demonstrated its interest in Matrix Charging: At the largest automotive trade fair in the world, the last IAA in Frankfurt, the Asian group presented the system in a concept vehicle of the premium brand WEY.
The presentation of the technology at the Guangzhou Automobile Exhibition in Asia also awoke extensive interest within the automotive industry. “We are currently involved in numerous intensive negotiations with car makers around the world, and we are pursuing the clear goal of making Matrix Charging the global standard over the medium term,” says Easelink founder Stockinger. Another advantage of the Austrian technology: As a system, the pads and connectors are many times less expensive than existing and upcoming charging solutions, making them suitable for mass introduction. Matrix Charging can be integrated into any series production model and makes automated charging, which has so far been reserved for the premium class, possible in all automobile segments,” explains Stockinger.
While the Easelink technology could become an additional boost to electric car makers, infrastructure operators can also profit from Matrix Charging. The technology is the only conductive and fully automatic charging technology in the world, and no moving parts are required on the infrastructure side. This makes the system robust and enables maximum scalability.