Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

ChargeLounge: Fast charging reinvented

Date:
April 4, 2014
Source:
Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO
Summary:
The ChargeLounge is set to change what recharging electric vehicles is all about: high-charging capacity, easy installation, access to a stylish lounge during recharging and an innovative business model are all part of the unique ChargeLounge.

A new quick-charge station offers high-charging capacity, easy installation and lounge access.
Credit: Š Fraunhofer IAO; Design: FURCH Gestaltung + Produktion GmbH

The ChargeLounge developed by Fraunhofer IAO is set to change what recharging electric vehicles is all about: high-charging capacity, easy installation, access to a stylish lounge during recharging and an innovative business model are all part of the unique ChargeLounge being presented for the first time at the 2014 Hannover Messe, April 7-11.

Related Articles


Many travelers take a pleasant break before take-off in their airline's frequent flyer lounge, and some even get to the airport early to enjoy a cup of coffee before their flight. The airlines, it would appear, are a good example to follow. The ChargeLounge being presented by Fraunhofer IAO offers electric vehicle users similar comforts during a quick-charge procedure that typically lasts 30 minutes. While they wait, drivers can pop into the adjoining lounge and enjoy free coffee, surf the web on the Wireless LAN or just relax. And to make sure that charging time need no longer be perceived as wasted time there is even a meeting room integrated in the lounge that can be rented to use the time with business partners or colleagues.

Advanced technology adds further benefits, including a buffer-battery that allows the ChargeLounge to offer a high-charging capacity even though the power it takes from the grid, and the respective costs, are low. Three quick-charging stations outfitted with all available quick-charging standards ensure that anyone with a fast chargecapable vehicle is sure to find a place to charge. Sustainable solid wood construction creates both a pleasant atmosphere inside the building and makes it energy efficient. The fascinating and unmistakable architecture of the ChargeLounge will also not go unnoticed.

On the heels of the innovative technological concept follows the development of a business model for organizing and operating a quick-charging ChargeLounge network. Fraunhofer researchers are so convinced by their approach -- from a technical and commercial point of view -- that they have established the ChargeLounge GmbH to further develop, build up and operate a ChargeLounge network. This company aims to set up a network of around 1,000 ChargeLounges throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland by 2020. Promising talks with potential investors towards meeting this ambitious goal are already underway; additional partners and investors are welcome.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO. "ChargeLounge: Fast charging reinvented." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 April 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140404085546.htm>.
Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO. (2014, April 4). ChargeLounge: Fast charging reinvented. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140404085546.htm
Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO. "ChargeLounge: Fast charging reinvented." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140404085546.htm (accessed December 18, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Matter & Energy News

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Navy Unveils Robot Fish

Navy Unveils Robot Fish

Reuters - Light News Video Online (Dec. 18, 2014) — The U.S. Navy unveils an underwater device that mimics the movement of a fish. Tara Cleary reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
3D Printed Cookies Just in Time for Christmas

3D Printed Cookies Just in Time for Christmas

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Dec. 18, 2014) — A tech company in Spain have combined technology with cuisine to develop the 'Foodini', a 3D printer designed to print the perfect cookie for Santa. Ben Gruber reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
First Etihad Superjumbo Flight in December

First Etihad Superjumbo Flight in December

AFP (Dec. 18, 2014) — The first flight of Etihad Airways' long-awaited Airbus A380 superjumbo will take place later in December, the Abu Dhabi carrier said Thursday, also announcing its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner route. Duration: 01:09 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ford Expands Air Bag Recall Nationwide

Ford Expands Air Bag Recall Nationwide

Newsy (Dec. 18, 2014) — The automaker added 447,000 vehicles to its recall list, bringing the total to more than 502,000. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Space & Time

Matter & Energy

Computers & Math

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins