News item | 2012-10-01 | 11:10 AM

E-mobility news: New charging station makes home EV charging easier

Different cable handling issues identified by EV drivers have now been solved in the new user-friendly charging station developed within the E-mobility R&D programme.

Students Axel Tollin and Viktor Åkerblom, from the Royal Institute of Techology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Demonstration of the user friendly home charging station prototype by the two master thesis students Axel Tollin (right) and Viktor Åkerblom (left). Photo by Vattenfall.

The first fully functional prototype of a more user-friendly home charging station is now finalised. The work has been carried out by the two master thesis students Axel Tollin and Viktor Åkerblom, from the Royal Institute of Techology in Stockholm, Sweden. The construction is based on a design concept developed by the same students in a school project last autumn.

Both the earlier school project and the master thesis work are results of the cooperation with the design institute at the Royal Institute of Technology that was initiated by Vattenfall R&D Projects.

The charging solution combines electronics from a Vattenfall wallbox for EV charging with a new smarter type of charging pole and cable. The concept solves many of the usage problems identified today like dirty cables lying on the ground, difficulties during dark hours and the need to use two hands for some actions.

The prototype in parts.

Illustration by Vattenfall.

The pole is made of a hollow aluminium profile with a top-mounted sliding cable. The picture shows the wall-mounted version but the charging station can also have a longer pole and be mounted on the ground. The movement sensor at the top automatically turns the light on and additional outlets make it possible to use equipment like a high-pressure washer or a vacuum cleaner.

The prototype has been much appreciated and next a small test series of about ten charging poles will be produced.

Contact person:

Roberth Hamrén
Vattenfall Research and Development