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There’s a new way to charge your electric vehicle that’s being pioneered by an Austrian start-up. Easelink’s key technology is called Matrix Charging, which is an automated conductive charging technology designed for EVs.

The company was founded 2016 by Hermann Stockinger, who is also the Managing Director. 

“The Matrix Charging system consists of two components: a vehicle unit on the vehicle underbody (Matrix Charging Connector) and the charging plate in the parking space surface (Matrix Charging Pad). As soon as the vehicle parks above the charging plate in the parking space, the vehicle is automatically charged via the direct physical connection. The robust system can be used anywhere, either in public spaces or private garages,” Stockinger tells Auto Futures.

One of the key benefits of Matrix Charging is that it eliminates the need for bulky charging stations and cables, and can be rolled out in densely built-up areas without requiring additional space.

“Matrix Charging is barrier-free, weather-resistant, can be driven over and is therefore a key technology for the development of a comprehensive urban charging network as the basis for a successful transition to electromobility,” he says.

“An area-wide automated charging network enables charging along the route chain during each parking stop. In this way, not only the range anxiety of e-mobility users can be eliminated but the whole charging behaviour will be revolutionized. A maximized connectivity time of EVs with the grid will facilitate the use of renewable energy and smart charging applications. In many cases a maximized connection time will even allow for a battery size reduction of EVs conserving economic and ecological resources.”

Easelink is currently working with a number of leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers, infrastructure providers and vehicle fleet operators.

“The first serial products of Matrix Charging for retrofitting electrical vehicles will be available from 2024 onwards. Within the existing service or workshop networks vehicle owners can then retrofit then their electric vehicles or fleets with Matrix Charging,” explains Stockinger.

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Automatically Charging Taxis in Austria

To lower emissions and improve the quality of urban life, the Austrian cities of Vienna and Graz are increasingly shifting to eTaxis. Starting in 2025, only taxis with emission-free drive systems will be permitted in Austria.

As part of the ‘eTaxi Austria’ project, a total of 10 taxi stands and 66 vehicles will be retrofitted with Easelink’s Matrix Charging technology over the next two years.

Instead of plugging an electric car into the charging point with a cable, these vehicles connect to a charging plate at the taxi stand with the push of a button.

“The taxis are automatically charged, without the driver even having to leave the vehicle. eTaxi Austria is the largest eTaxi project to date for automated charging directly at the taxi stands and the first one with the application of a highly efficient conductive charging technology in eTaxi operations,” explains Stockinger.

“The two vehicle types being used in the project support charging at 11 kW AC, which is being implemented as part of the eTaxi Austria project. Matrix Charging will subsequently support up to 22 kW AC and 100 kW DC at 800 volts,” he adds.

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Retrofit Kits

Together with partners from the automotive and infrastructure industry. Easelink is preparing the serial production for retrofitting EVs.

“Vehicle integration checks at Easelink have shown that already over 90% of today’s electric vehicles on the market can be upgraded with the Matrix Charging System. Because the electronics are fully compatible with the type 2 standard as per ISO 61851, they are fundamentally compatible with all vehicle types that can be charged with type 2 plugs,” says Stockinger.

“Currently, Matrix Charging is already being successfully tested in several pilot vehicles. An extended customer-oriented pilot phase will start next year with the eTaxi Austria project. The first series products of the retrofittable version of Matrix Charging (retrofit kit) will be available from 2024 on,” he adds.

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“By 2030 the active task at charging such as handling & plugging cables will be obsolete.”

With zero-emissions high on the agenda for countries, governments and companies, Stockinger believes that Easelink’s solution can help them achieve their aims.

“The increasing e-mobility share significantly contributes to the decarbonization of cities. In densely populated cities available public space for charging infrastructure is extremely rare. With Matrix Charging Easelink provides a solution where charge points can be integrated flush into the parking ground without consuming any extra space. With this the development of a tight charging network gets facilitated.”

“We at Easelink are convinced the availability of a tight charging network which can be accessed very conveniently without bulky cables increases the acceptance of users of electric cars a lot and therefore unleashes the scale up of e-mobility,” he says.

Finally, we asked Stockinger what the EV charging process look like by 2030.

“By 2030 the active task at charging such as handling & plugging cables will be obsolete. The recharge will happen automatically along the ways. Vehicles will pick up a little bit of charge wherever they park e.g. at the supermarket, the restaurant or the cinema. From a driver perspective the vehicle recharges itself whenever it is used!” predicts Stockinger.

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