Institute of Electric Mobility and Energy Storage Systems

MILAS - Modular intelligent inductive charging systems for autonomous shuttles

Project Duration:
August 2021 - July 2024

- University of Wuppertal
  (Chairs EES and TET)
- Technical University of Munich
- Valeo Switches and Sensors GmbH
- City of Bad Staffelstein

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)


BR24, Neue Presse Coburg, Obermain-Tagblatt


MILAS aims to research and evaluate inductive charging infrastructure for fleet applications to highlight the technical feasibility of inductive charging systems, identify and improve potential difficulties, and demonstrate possible applications and concepts from a systemic point of view. These goals will be pursued in consideration of a CO2-neutral mobility solution, whose energy supply will not be guaranteed by conventional rather by renewable resources and decentralized storage. In this regard, the project additionally addresses the required measures and processes to stabilize the power grid through flexible generation plants and energy storage.

To fulfill these objectives, MILAS focuses on testing an automated inductive power transfer system for autonomous shuttle buses in a two-stage field test, supplemented by a systemic evaluation as well as economic feasibility and transferability studies.

In the first test phase, a prototype system will be tested at the Valeo company premises (Hummendorferstr. 76, 96317 Kronach-Neuses). Thereafter, the second test phase will take place with a pilot system in the city of Bad Staffelstein.

Accompanying the project, a holistic decision support system will be developed that facilitates the strategic planning and operation of electrified, autonomous shuttle bus systems with inductive charging infrastructure.

Fig. 1.: Overview graphic

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