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Tiler tech wirelessly charges ebikes through their kickstand

Tiler tech wirelessly charges ...
The Tiler system was developed at the Delft University of Technology
The Tiler system was developed at the Delft University of Technology
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One of the complete charging tiles
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One of the complete charging tiles
The Tiler system was developed at the Delft University of Technology
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The Tiler system was developed at the Delft University of Technology
The Tiler system should be compatible with most ebikes, but potential clients are advised to check with the company
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The Tiler system should be compatible with most ebikes, but potential clients are advised to check with the company
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Wireless charging systems for electric cars certainly are convenient, as drivers just park the vehicle, get out, and leave it to charge. Well, Dutch company Tiler has created a similar technology for ebikes.

Designed primarily with applications such as ebike rental fleets in mind, the Tiler system consists of two parts: a weatherproof in-pavement "charging tile" that's connected to the local electrical grid, and a special two-legged kickstand that's installed on the bicycle and hard-wired to its battery.

When a user parks their ebike, they place the kickstand's two feet on two circles on the tile. Inductive charging coils beneath those circles automatically relay an electrical current up through the kickstand and into the battery.

The Tiler system should be compatible with most ebikes, but potential clients are advised to check with the company
The Tiler system should be compatible with most ebikes, but potential clients are advised to check with the company

The present 2-amp system is reportedly able to fully charge an ebike in about the same amount of time as a conventional plug-in charger, although a planned 4-amp setup should be able do so considerably quicker. And yes, the bike can still also be charged using a regular charger.

The Tiler system is currently being offered as part of a pilot project, with rental rates starting at €25 (about US$29) per month, for a 36-month contract. Additional kickstands can be ordered separately, allowing multiple bikes to be charged (one at a time) from a single tile.

The system is demonstrated in the following video.

TILER introduction

Source: Tiler via Bicitech

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4 comments
4 comments
paul314
I wonder whether existing bikes could be converted to use such a system.
Kpar
I suspect standardization of E-bike designs will follow. Very clever.
Expanded Viewpoint
Call me up when someone figures out how to generate electricity without ANY environmental impacts. Right now, all of these e-machines are mostly powered by coal or natural gas. So what's the big deal with them, other than as a means to put out a false virtue signal to the world in order to puff up the ol' ego??
charles02
Sure is big and ugly. For better than a thousand dollars total, I'd suffer the indignity of plugging in.