HIGH PERFORMANCE AND HIGH EFFICIENCY
Just like today`s solutions that use plugs, the system is designed to get the most out of a household power outlet. „We are able to transfer up to 3.3 kilowatts, which is enough to fully recharge the vehicle battery in the same time it takes today,“ says Kroeger. „Transferring high capacities is a key prerequisite for using inductive charging for cars. This required considerable development work.“
Mercedes-Benz has already advanced inductive charging technology to the point where production standard is conceivable within two to three years. The scenario calls for customers being able to order a mobile charging plate together with their new vehicle from an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. Its use is straightforward: the charging plate is simply put on the ground of the parking space or even attached to the floor of the garage at home, and connected to the electrical grid with a power cable. The vehicle identifies itself during the approach and the charging process starts automatically the moment the vehicle is parked in the correct position over the plate and the drive system is switched off. The use of several plates is no problem – additional plates can be placed at the office or the vacation home. The technology is also suitable for fleet operators and even for the public sphere. For example, an entire row of parking bays, either outdoors or in the company underground garage, can be equipped with the flat devices and the vehicles are simply manoeuvred over them.