Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Presented to Conductix-Wampfler for its Pioneering Inductive Power Transfer SystemBy Frost Sullivan, PRNE
Sunday, January 30, 2011
LONDON, January 31, 2011 - The 2010 Frost & Sullivan Europe New Product Innovation Award in the
electric vehicle charging infrastructure market is presented to
Currently, electric vehicles require lengthy periods of direct charging,
while battery limitations inhibit long operating ranges. In contrast,
Conductix-Wampfler's innovative inductive power transfer system provides a
user-friendly method of charging vehicles at pre-scheduled stops or at given
opportunities, increasing their operating ranges while supplying the
vehicles' energy storage devices with enough energy in order to get to the
next charging station, i.e. in scheduled operation of buses, without using
higher dimensioned battery packs.
"Conductive charging requires the driver to physically plug-in the
vehicle to an electrical outlet, whereas inductive charging takes place
automatically without physical contact," notes Frost & Sullivan Research
Analyst Sanketh Gudar. "Therefore, inductive charging is highly beneficial
because it helps drivers avoid having to connect and disconnect a source of
direct charging at each charging station during the route or before and after
parking the vehicle."
This type of system offers considerable cost savings through reduced
transmission losses and lowered need for repeated charge and discharge cycles
of the battery. Reduced dependency on conventional charging points, which
require handling of power cords and plugs, maximum protection against
vandalism, improved safety and minimised impact of weather are other added
Inductive power transfer systems equipped with Conductix-Wampfler's
technology make rapid charging possible, i.e. at bus stops, and are better
than current wired chargers. They are safe and do not interfere with the data
and nearby devices.
"The inductive charging system also cuts down the emissions from internal
combustion motors," states Gudar. "Consequently, it saves customers time and
money by not letting the vehicle be idly charged for a period of time."
With this system, downtimes of buses for duty charging are significantly
reduced even as operation time can be kept high. Cars can be more reliably
linked to the grid. Charging with less power means enhanced protective
charging for batteries, resulting in extended lifetime.
"With this setup, Conductix-Wampfler achieves efficiency rates which are
directly comparable with plug-in chargers," remarks Gudar. "The
distinguishing factor here is that inductive charging systems are fully
intervention free; they can be located at bus stops without restricting
public access and can be unobtrusively integrated into urban environments
without creating any visible disturbance."
With around half a million EVs forecast to be on the road by 2015, IPT(R)
is positioned to make strong gains.
"A high efficiency range of over 90 per cent, the ability to transfer
power over tens of cm and high power transfer rates (3.3 kW, typically for
cars; 30 or 60 kW, typically for buses) are some of the advantages of
Conductix-Wampfler's IPT(R)," comments Gudar. "The ability to be implemented
at reasonable costs, its high tolerance to misalignment and harsh weather
conditions, coupled with its usability in residential, commercial and
municipal configurations, are set to boost its adoption."
The use of IPT technology can enable electric vehicles and so reduce air
pollutants, resulting in improved air quality. Increased user acceptance of
inductive power transfer and its ability to support better performance
compared to plug-in charging systems will be an important driver for electric
The New Product Innovation Award is presented to the company that has
excelled in the following criteria: innovative element of the product,
leverage leading edge technologies in product, value-added features/benefits,
increased customer ROI (small change) and customer acquisition/penetration
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