German manufacturer Metz&Intis has created an inductive charging platform for electric scooters
German manufacturer Metz&Intis has created an inductive charging platform for electric scooters, and a wireless solution called Easy Charge works with Metz Moover, but also with all other manufacturers' electric scooters.The inductive charging solution could also be adapted for use in other light electric vehicles, such as electric bicycles and electric freight bikes.
The order book has been opened for three different versions of the induction charging platform -- each for Metz Moover.The Easy Charge 1 charging system for electric scooters and the larger Easy Charge 3 and Easy Charge 5 charging stations for parallel charging of three or five scooters.The company said it would soon disclose more information on delivery terms and prices.
The charging solution comes from Intis.The company is also involved in building pilot plants for the wireless taxi charging concept, or TALAKO, in Cologne and Milheim, along the Rhine river, Germany's densest industrial regions.According to the manufacturer, the easy-Charge system is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.If the electric scooter is placed on the charging platform, the charging process will start automatically.The duration and efficiency of the charging process should not be lower than that of the conductive charging process."The intelligent control system also enables the battery to be charged more gently," the two German companies said in a joint press release.
Preparations are under way to make inductive charging solutions compatible with other manufacturers' models.Metz&Intis also says they will be able to adapt the technology to different application areas and customer specific requirements in the B2B space.Intis is also working on a version with integrated buffer batteries that can be used independently of location or power platforms.
The companies claim that in the initial release of the variant, it will be easy to install using a power plug: the plug on the charging platform can be plugged into any standard household socket anywhere in the world.The integrated state monitoring system also displays the charging status, charging level and service information of the electric scooter.The partners say that an induction scooter charging station is best suited to "locations where reliable charging of scooters must be ensured, such as at bus stops, train stations, urban centres or public areas at public transport stations".The system also offers new business models for fleet applications, rental, freight bikes and e-bikes.
According to the manufacturer, both the current available model (the Standard model) of Metz Moover and a more powerful version of Moover Plus (available since this year) can be adapted from the manufacturer's vehicle parts.Thus, customers who have already bought electric scooters can now opt for inductive charging.
The foldable Moover made its debut in 2018 and will be produced in Zirndorf, Germany.Until the beginning of 2019, it was only sold outside Germany, but since the electric scooter was approved on German roads, it could be used in Germany as well (and even earlier because of special approval at the time).
Here's a summary of the performance data: On an air-suspended 12-inch wheel, the Moover, which weighs about 16 kg, reaches a top speed of 20 km/h, and the motor accelerates the pedal on the handle after a brief hand push.Mays mentioned a total load of 110 kg, a continuous power of 250 watts, and a peak power of 500 watts.The battery has a capacity of 216WH and can be charged in an outlet (now wirelessly) for three to four hours.The manufacturer has set a maximum range of 25km.
The 16.5kg Moover Plus doesn't look much different from the standard model, with a 500W continuous output and a 20kg (130kg) increase in total payload.