Mahle Presents its 90-Second Auto Charger

Automotive supply giant Mahle with present its “90 second” recharging battery at a German mobility event this week.

Attendees to the Aachen Colloquium Sustainable Mobility will be given insights into its new lithium-carbon battery concept developed by Mahle Powertrain, the group’s engineering division. It claims superfast recharging capabilities initially designed for micro mobility such as lightweight two-wheeled and urban small vehicles. The concept boasts sustainability credentials because it does not require rare raw materials and is fully recyclable. Other projects that will be showcased include transmissions and thermal management systems for electric vehicles plus a newly developed air pathway for fuel cell vehicles.

Dr Martin Berger, vice-president corporate research and advanced engineering at Mahle, said: “The mobility transformation is accelerating every day, and we are helping to advance climate-friendly technologies. Mahle’s portfolio today is as varied as the future mobility requirements. With the topics we’re presenting in Aachen, we’re once again demonstrating that we are targeting those areas where zero-carbon mobility needs good ideas.”

Mahle Powertrain’s transmission specialists will also be showcasing a shiftable high-speed electric drive module with a complex-compound planetary gearset for electric vehicles for the first time in Aachen. Plus the company’s lecture on using additive manufacturing to produce high-performance drive components will kick off the topic of innovative manufacturing processes. 3D printing in metal has allowed it to print and successfully test components for high-performance sports cars. The advantages of 3D printing are now being incorporated into the development of alternative drives, significantly shortening development times and speeding up prototype production.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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