Continental previews new systems for electric mobility
As a preview to the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, Continental has revealed some of its new electric mobility technology. These electrification solutions range from 48V mild hybrid applications to high-voltage powertrains for electric and hybrid vehicles.
José Avila, member of Continental’s executive board and president of its powertrain division, said: “The future of mobility is electric. We are embracing this transformation with environmentally friendly, electrified and all-electric drive systems, as well as with ground-breaking new charging solutions. Efficiency and everyday practicality are a major focus of all these solutions.” ‘
Among its product introductions is Continental’s AllCharge system, a charging technology for electric vehicles that the company says takes the stress out of daily operation. The new system, which Continental claims as an industry-first, is easy for automakers to integrate and turns the vehicle’s electric powertrain into a universal charging system. Drivers can charge their EV at any type of cable-based charging station, and can always use the station’s maximum output rate.
At urban AC charging stations in particular, the system can cut the required charging time by a factor of 12, Continental said. In addition, the bidirectional AllCharge system’s feedback capability opens up new applications for the electricity stored in the vehicle battery, according to Continental. For example, the energy can then be used as a mobile power supply for electrical/electronic devices, such as a laptop, an electric drill or a refrigerator.