Harting partners with automotive specialist on e-mobility solutions

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The Harting Technology group has formed a successful partnership with Swiss automotive company Rinspeed to develop a number of e-mobility solutions including an expanded e-mobility infrastructure for the automated fast charging of electric vehicles

At the Geneva International Motor Show in March, Rinspeed presented the microSNAP, the latest vehicle study by Swiss car visionary Frank M. Rinderknecht, alongside Harting’s solutions for automated charging.

“The breakthrough for e-mobility crucially depends on the duration of the charging process and user-friendly charging infrastructure”, says Frank M. Rinderknecht: “Long charge times and unwieldy, heavy-duty connectors deter car owners from switching to electric vehicles, making rapid charging via compact DC connectors an essential prerequisite to speed their widespread adoption.”

With fast charging via a DC charging plug such as Harting’s DC Combo 2, future vehicles will be supplied with sufficient power in just a few minutes rather than in hours. In addition, automatic charging solutions will increase in popularity, since handling today’s larger charging infrastructure systems limits their usage in space-constrained environments such as car parks or garages.

Fast DC charging will also become indispensable in the future in order to meet delivery times and the demand for fleet availability, especially for electric vehicles operated by regional transport and logistics companies.

As online commerce is booming and now also includes the fresh food delivery sector, a new generation of small, autonomous vehicles that deliver their goods to the customer on a ‘just in time’ basis will become commonplace. These vehicles will need recharging within a very short time, allowing charging to take place at the same time as the vehicle is loaded with parcels and other material.