A robot-supported loading solution for the "SNAP".
A robot-supported loading solution for the "SNAP".
( Source: Harting)

electric vehicles Automated Charging with the DC Combo 2 Connector

Author / Editor: Hendrik Härter / Florian Richert

Charging e-vehicles in just a few minutes: connector specialist Harting, together with Swiss car visionary Frank M. Rinderknecht, has developed elements of the infrastructure for automated charging.

The breakthrough of e-mobility depends crucially on the duration of the charging process and the user-friendly charging infrastructure. Long charging times and heavy connectors discourage car owners from switching to an electric vehicle. Fast charging technology with the DC charging plug (Combo) is a prerequisite for ensuring that vehicles in future will be supplied with enough power just in a few minutes, not in hours. Automatic charging solutions will also gain in importance since the handling of larger charging infrastructure systems is more difficult and the space required for charging in multi-story car parks, fleet car parks or garages hardly exists. This is how an optimized loading situation works: The e-transporter is charged and simultaneously loaded with parcels and other material.

Harting shows what such an automatic charging solution requires: a robotic-supported guide brings the DC-Combo-2 plug connector closer to the charging socket of the vehicle. After charging, the robot unplugs the connector and cable and the vehicle is ready for use again after a short time. The provision of a DC supply is adapted to the charging assistant. Rinspeed and Harting have been working together since 2016: The MICA was installed in the "Etos" vehicle for independent emission and condition monitoring. In 2017, Harting supported the "Oasis" Rinspeed car with a component from the MICA ecosystem, the miniMICA. In 2018, Harting provided the rapid charging technology for the "SNAP".

This article was first published in German by Next Mobility.