VW is testing inductive charging of electric cars

In the USA, VW and cooperation partners are testing the possibilities of charging electric cars inductively. The test object is a Porsche Taycan.

In the future, electric cars will not only differ from their competitors in terms of drive power and efficiency. The charging options should also ensure differentiation. In addition to short downtimes due to high charging power on the cable, wireless charging is also coming into focus.

In North America, Volkswagen has started a project to test inductive high-performance charging with a Porsche Taycan. The Innovation Hub Knoxville of the Volkswagen Group of North America, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory based at the US Department of Energy and the University of Tennessee are working together here.

Up to 300 kW charging capacity

Charging capacities of 6.6 to 120 kW could currently be achieved in tests. The goal is wireless fast chargers with a possible output of 300 kW. This means that the battery of the Porsche Taycan can be charged to 80 percent inductively in ten minutes. According to the company, the efficiency is already 98 percent.

"Volkswagen is focused on advancing electric mobility and new technologies for increasingly sustainable transportation," explains Scott Keogh, President & Chief Executive Officer, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "Expanding our research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and from the University of Tennessee will help advance this effort." It is not yet known when the wireless charging stations for electric cars can go into series production.

Conclusion

VW is testing wireless charging of electric cars in the USA. The company is not content with manageable performance, but wants to inductively press power into the batteries of the Porsche Taycan with up to 300 kW.

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