eTaxi Austria opens pilot location for charging tests

eTaxi Austria opens pilot location for charging tests

The eTaxi Austria project for testing automated conductive charging technology for e-taxis directly at taxi ranks is becoming concrete: Before pilot operation starts, a project location has now been realised at the Wien Energie site at the Simmering power plant in order to implement various application scenarios in practice.

There, electric cars from Hyundai (Ioniq 5) and VW (ID.4) are automatically charged using Easelink's Matrix Charging solution. As reported, this is a conductive system: unlike inductive charging, there is a physical connection between the charging pad on the floor and the connector on the vehicle floor - when the car is parked above such a charging pad, the connector lowers to establish the conductive connection.

According to the announcement, the project location at the Simmering power plant resembles a real taxi stand: three charging plates of the system were flush-mounted in the roadway in parking spaces arranged one behind the other. Charging takes place there with 11 kW and a transmission efficiency of 99 percent. The charging plates are also connected to a load management system from Wien Energie so that the required charging power at the taxi stand can be controlled.

From the demonstration site, those responsible expect not only further insights into the matrix charging system in general, but also "eTaxi-specific insights into automated charging and different load management scenarios".