How Phoenix Contact’s e-mobility infrastructure is shaping charging technology – Charged Electric Vehicles

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Phoenix Contact Group consists of 15 German and four international companies, as well as 11 manufacturing sites, and is present in more than 100 countries. The 99-year-old company offers creative solutions in the areas of connection technology, electronics and automation and is independent in its entrepreneurial and decision-making freedom. Phoenix Contact’s core business areas include device connectors, industrial components and electronics, and industrial management and automation.

Over the past decade, Phoenix Contact has also invested in new business areas, with a future vision of an all-electric society through the transformation of the mobility industry towards electric mobility. This includes an e-mobility headquarters in Germany that serves as a center of expertise for charging technology where Phoenix Contact develops and manufactures components and solutions for charging infrastructure as well as charging interfaces. vehicle charging. In early 2022, Phoenix Contact set up a new team within the US subsidiary focusing on the electric mobility infrastructure market.

Phoenix Contact’s longevity, expertise and investment in the all-electric society positions it as an expert in electric mobility market trends and behaviors. Currently we live in the world of traditional refueling in central and exclusive locations. Customers wait to drive to gas stations until the tank is nearly empty, when fuel prices are low, or when the vehicle’s fuel level is not sufficient for a long trip.

In a world with widespread adoption of electric vehicles and adequate charging infrastructure, customers can charge almost anywhere at any time, and not just when the battery level is too low to the planned trip. This approach – called opportunity charging – will integrate refueling into everyday life as the ability to recharge a vehicle anywhere increases.

This change in behavior is already reflected in the outlook for electric vehicles around the world: over the next decade, the internal combustion engine of new vehicles will be increasingly replaced by plug-in hybrids or pure electric vehicles. Current studies also show a clear trend in favor of battery electric vehicles over plug-in hybrids, making the prospects for charging stations around the world even more attractive. Infrastructure development supported by various state-specific climate change laws, incentives, and recognition is at the forefront of the industry.


Phoenix Contact offers a wide variety of products that complement the construction of electric mobility infrastructure and charging stations, including terminal blocks, connectors, power supplies and protection components. These products are specially designed for e-mobility, such as charging cables, controllers, sockets, auxiliary power and other electronic devices.

When it comes to the general application of a point-of-use charger on the vehicle, larger electronics are required for high-power sources. These types of chargers will draw from the mains, so the charger must reduce the power output to 480 volts and convert it to DC power – whether the power is used to charge battery banks, to reduce spikes, or to go straight to the charger.

The interior of the charging cabinet includes controllers, monitoring information and terminal blocks, as well as all the actual power converters. Phoenix Contact is expanding its product portfolio for specific e-mobility applications under the Power Brand name. This includes AC and DC input power supplies, which use push-in and T-LOX connection technology and are galvanically isolated – they are electrically isolated from input to output, helping to reduce noise. The power supplies meet urban infrastructure standards and are ready to use in an IP54 cabinet.

The DC input is also ready for use with Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) for solar applications. Throughout the day, solar applications receive irregular exposure to sunlight through different panels, causing both solar radiation and temperature to fluctuate and result in ever-changing output. Therefore, technology is needed in the power source to track how the grid creates power and adapt voltage and current to give the best possible output for DC voltage.


On Phoenix Contact’s roadmap is a new solution that will help simplify charging points – a control system that pairs with CHARX power modules. Whether it is a charging station at the point of sale where the customer has to pay for energy or an industrial charger, additional equipment is required. This includes components such as touch screens with RFID or near field communication capabilities and connections for POS interfaces, as well as CCS cables, energy meters, DC connectors, high voltage fuses and various sensors.

Currently, these cabinets have a larger footprint and require complex wiring and high-effort wiring that increases the risk of assembly-level failures. Phoenix Contact’s CHARX power control box integrates all load components into a rack-mount enclosure installed above the power source. This universal solution requires minimal integration effort in a standardized 19-inch installation. Other thoughtful design elements include integrated load control, auxiliary power, surge protection and simple connections thanks to push-in technology.


The most common application of CHARX power modules is in charging stations used to charge electric vehicles, whether passenger cars, buses or even off-road applications such as machinery. heavy earthworks. Power modules can also be used in mobile power, DC industries, electrolysis and peak clipping.

New trends in electric vehicles are emerging rapidly, and the charging infrastructure needed to enable their adoption must also evolve. For example, Ford recently introduced its new Lightning F150 electric pickup truck, which offers two-way power flow – the truck can be used to power a home in the event of a power outage. These types of two-way electronics not only require the ability to power a vehicle from the mains battery and through the charger, but also reverse power flow.

As an established organization delivering industry-shaping solutions, Phoenix Contact is leading the way in streamlining today’s e-mobility infrastructure and preparing for innovations on the horizon. To learn more, visit or search for “Phoenix Contact e-mobility” on YouTube.

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