11 Apr '11, 3am

Charging electric cars without cables or plugs

Siemens is developing an inductive charging system for electric car batteries. The non-contact charging technology was developed in cooperation with BMW, and works regardless if the vehicle is stopped for a long or short time. According to Siemens, the charging systems can be easily incorporated into the environment, making them nearly invisible, with protection against vandalism and wear and tear. The technology has been developed to such a degree that it will be tested in Berlin, Germany come June 2011. Siemens claims the project is another step in trying to improve the take-up of electric cars. One big obstacle to the use of electric vehicles is the lack of extensive and reliable charging infrastructure. Electric cars have to recharge their batteries more often than vehicles with combustion engines need to refuel, but plug-in stations are few and far between, and while ...

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