THE WHEEL, REINVENTED
dual purpose to components already in place in an electric vehicle to handle regenerative braking, particularly by boosting the performance of the inverter and enabling the vehicle to draw the maximum charge a station can deliver.
Making the on-board recharger redundant has the potential to cut costs too.
Another bonus with AllCharge is that it’s reversible. It’s no problem at all to provide an output plug to deliver power at any country’s standard domestic AC voltage and frequency, Continental’s engineers say. CONTINENTAL’S design is a two-piece wheel, which also turns the conventional disc brake inside out. Designed with electric vehicles in mind, it’s lighter, more durable and quieter than a regular wheel and brake assembly.
The wheel rim and tyre are bolted to a central five-pointed “star”, which is permanently fixed to the axle. Fastened to the star’s points is a large-diameter brake disc made of a tough aluminium alloy that Continental engineers say will last the entire life of the car.
The large diameter of the brake disc means the brake caliper doesn’t need to bite so hard for strong stopping power. This, in turn, requires smaller and lighter hydraulic components. And the caliper can also be downsized at the same time as being made stiffer.
As a bonus, there is a reduction in noise when the brakes are applied, the engineers say.
We’re excited: Continental makes parts of the cabin vibrate in lieu of audio speakers; it’s also looking at super-quick charging