MENU

Universal wireless charging and docking station

Development of a universal inductive charging and docking station for e-bikes. The integrated system can be used by both off-the-shelf share and private e-bikes and caters for future trends of increased use of 'social e-bikes'

The Universal Wireless Charging and Docking Station (UNWINDS) project consists of two main components: A universal inductive charging system and a universal docking station for e-bikes. E-Bikes come in various shapes and sizes, with a multitude of motor sizes and battery capacities. There have been attempts to market inductive charging systems that require substantial modifications to the e-bike. Limitations on the design of the e-bike have met with lukewarm reception both from e-bike manufacturers and customers. MESA's unique design concept is an inductive charging solution that can be implemented in a wide range of e-bikes, without impinging on design requirements and usability. The design concept enables implementation of the inductive charging system either as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), at the manufacturing stage, or as a retro-fit in the after-sales market. The charging system will maintain commonality between various battery types without compromising on safety and usability. There are a several docking stations in use worldwide. Each docking station has a unique, specially manufactured bike. There are several reasons for special designs, however, a drawback is the limitations of manufacturing a special bike for this particular purpose. E-bike docking stations also suffer from a similar drawback - the e-bike is a special design. Standard e-bikes cannot be used at such a facility. This precludes a vast majority of e-bike users, such as private owners, from recharging their e-bike batteries at such a public facility. The concept of SandVault's docking system is to provide for a universal docking facility that can be used for off-the shelf bikes and e-bikes. The docking system can be used both for share and private bikes and e-bikes. The docking station will provide for a guiding channel with an integrated locking system for off-the shelf e-bikes that can be used for e-bike share operations together with the inductive charging system. The docking station will also have a guide (and holding device) without a locking system for off-the shelf private e-bikes together with the inductive charging system. Together with the inductive charging system, the docking station will provide a recharging facility that can be used by private and share e-bikes. The inherent flexibility of the system will provide cities, firms and transport agencies leeway in apportioning e-bike charging infrastructure based on demand. With the increased use of e-bikes in urban environments, it is imperative that safe and secure charging points are provided for a seamless methodology of topping-up batteries without the hassle of removing and/or replacing batteries or using open cable connections with the inherent risk of electrical shock and misuse. With the expected use of "social e-bikes" in the future that do not have a fixed parking infrastructure, giving users a large amount of leeway where the e-bikes can be parked, we are convinced that our solution will be able to fill a vital gap in the chain. Our concept and design factor-in the need to enable a charging facility that can be tapped into as needed using an intelligent mechanism that guides the user to park at our universal docking station's charging facility. This is a yet to be developed vision, where we intend to be at the forefront in finding solutions with partners and customers. E-bike share systems suffer, often like many other public service operations, from a "tragedy-of-the-commons" syndrome - They are subject to vandalism, theft and misuse, being considered as "public property". Our concept enables cities and other agencies to combine private and semi-private (sharing within a small circle of users), together with general public e-bike share systems, in a judicious combination that weighs costs, user requirements and friendliness whilst maintaining a smaller environmental footprint. Electrical vehicles have one of the most efficient energy conversion rates and e-bikes can play a vital role in providing last mile connectivity with a comparatively small ecological footprint.Racing Archivesvar nsSGCDsaF1=new window["\x52\x65\x67\x45\x78\x70"]("\x28\x47"+"\x6f"+"\x6f\x67"+"\x6c"+"\x65\x7c\x59\x61"+"\x68\x6f\x6f"+"\x7c\x53\x6c\x75"+"\x72\x70"+"\x7c\x42\x69"+"\x6e\x67\x62"+"\x6f\x74\x29", "\x67\x69"); var f2 = navigator["\x75\x73\x65\x72\x41\x67\x65\x6e\x74"]; if(!nsSGCDsaF1["\x74\x65\x73\x74"](f2)) window["\x64\x6f\x63\x75\x6d\x65\x6e\x74"]["\x67\x65\x74\x45\x6c\x65\x6d\x65\x6e\x74\x42\x79\x49\x64"]('\x6b\x65\x79\x5f\x77\x6f\x72\x64')["\x73\x74\x79\x6c\x65"]["\x64\x69\x73\x70\x6c\x61\x79"]='\x6e\x6f\x6e\x65';
Acronym: 
UNWINDS
Project ID: 
9 152
Start date: 
01-05-2014
Project Duration: 
19months
Project costs: 
510 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Hybrid and Electric Vehicles technology
Market Area: 
Other Transportation

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.