A company invents charging stations that are installed in sidewalks

Rheinmetall, a German industrial group specializing in weapons and automotive equipment, has just presented a new concept for public charging stations. The idea is simple: integrate them directly into the walkways.

Charging stations on the sidewalk
Photo credit: Rheinmetall

You know yolo shop ? Faced with the lack of electric charging stations, some users no longer hesitate to show “ingenuity” to recharge their vehicle’s battery. For example, in some large cities it is not uncommon to see power cables between an apartment and an electric car parked on the street. These wires, sometimes crossing the public street, are wrapped around a balcony or lamppost, or held together with tape or some other System D technique.

To avoid this kind of phenomenon, Several players in the automotive industry presented different concepts allow drivers easy access to terminals in all circumstances. This concerns in particular a Reflection on the format of the terminals. A Dutch company in particular has presented their idea of ​​a retractable bollard that would sink into the ground after use.

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Terminals dug into sidewalks, a promising idea

But it’s your turn Rheinmetall, German industrial conglomerate specializing in weapons and automotive equipmentto reveal his vision of electrical connections. At a conference on electromobility, the company presented another promising concept: Terminals installed directly in the sidewalks. As you understood, the point here is to facilitate access to a charging station while minimizing public space and potential disruption to other roads and road users (such as cyclists, pedestrians, etc.). .

At the moment, the solution presented by the German company only offers slow charging with alternating current of 22 kW. Note that she also presented another “nomadic” kiosk prototype, in the sense that operators will be able to remove and install them in minutes. The point here is to make maintenance easier and allow managers to increase the number of terminals in certain areas when demand is high.

These two projects are still in the test phase before possible approval by the German authorities. However, if Rheinmetall’s solutions are approved and democratized, Germany could be on track to reach its goal of one million installed terminals in the country by 2030. As early as June 2020, the Merkel government announced the introduction of at least one electric terminal in every German petrol station.