Charging an electric car can still be a little uncomfortable today. For instance, the driver always has to bring his own cable. During the charging process, the cable may get dirty and wet, which may end up on your hands or inside the car. So what can be done to make charging convenient?
A first step is the firm integration of the cable into the charging pole: before the charging process, the customer simply pulls it out, and afterwards it disappears again in the charging pole. We are currently developing such an innovative cable management system as part of a research project to improve the charging experience of our customers. We intend to launch the new concept as early as 2019.
What sounds easy, may actually be a little tricky. This is because the cable routing within the charging pole may cause the cable to wear faster. Moreover, the cables will be a lot thicker, heavier and bulkier in the future to charge the batteries of electric cars faster with more power.
We have already started to look for ways of automating the charging process to make sure that charging will not be less comfortable but more convenient in the future. At innogy, we are developing such solutions. The driver of an electric car would then only have to stop in front of the charging pole, and all the rest would be handled by the system itself, e.g. by connecting the charging cable automatically.