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Continental Unveils Wireless Charging, and More, for Your Electric Vehicle

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by Aaron Mack in Uncategorized
December 21, 2017

Intelligent transportation systems? What’s that? Autonomous vehicles? What are those? I’m stuck on electric vehicle wireless charging.

Yes, indeed. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 9, Continental will showcase a new system that takes the cables—or even getting out of the car—out of the equation for charging your EV. And that’s not even all. They’ll also debut a second system that allows you to “fill-up” at virtually any type of charging station, and which can turn your car into a mobile power source perfect for those need-juice tailgating party moments.

Continental’s automatic wireless charging system is a lot like a sized-up version of wireless charging for your smartphone. In this case, a ground-based charging pad links wirelessly to a receiver on the underside of your vehicle, and gets that DC current flowin.’ It works even if there is a layer of snow or leaves covering the pad.

But here’s where it gets even cooler.

The system requires that your vehicle be precisely positioned over the pad, which would be bad news for those of us who have a hard enough time pulling up to an ATM to make a transaction without having to open the door and lean out. As a solution, Continental’s engineers created a “mininavigation” system that works like this: you pull up to the charging pad, at which point, magnetic field sensors in the ground communicate with your car, and help it park itself precisely where it needs to be. Bingo! No more shivering at the electricity pump.

Continental’s AllCharge system is just as feature-riffic. This charging system lets you power up at any type of station, regardless of charging rate, type of current or voltage. But it can also turn your car into a mobile power bank, so you can use it to fire up the electric grill, outside of Chargers stadium, perhaps. Aside from tailgating, of course, the tech has much less exciting implications, such as changing entire industries, like on-site construction and maintenance.

These new technologies are set for production and release in 2022. So you better start saving for that Model S, or whatever EV floats your boat. In the meantime, check out this video featuring Continental’s new charging systems.

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