Automated Charging Devices for Electric Vehicles

Roof mounted pantographs and inverted pantographs for the future of e-mobility



Mobility is becoming simpler, more networked, more efficient, and more environmentally-friendly all around the world. Schunk Transit Systems is at the forefront of the industry. With innovative developments for e-mobility, we act as a development partner paving the way to a new, mobile future for our customers. Electric vehicles are a key part of this next stage of mobility, and will become more and more common in private, industrial, and municipal transportation. In addition to batteries and vehicles, charging systems and infrastructures need to be developed as mobility becomes electrified.

Schunk Transit Systems helps you take the next step towards e-mobility. With Schunk Smart Charging, our portfolio of charging systems, we offer well-developed, tested, leading solutions for buses and passenger cars that bring the advantages of hybrid and all-electric vehicles to the road: better sustainability, less environmental and noise pollution, and greater efficiency and profitability.


From flash charging to opportunity and depot charging – our system gives you flexibility to charge your batteries in the most convenient way for your specific situation. We can help you implement both flash charging, which transmits a very high level of power in just a few seconds, and opportunity charging in your bus operation network. The advantage of depot charging is that the equipment can be designed to be simpler, lighter and more compact – making it especially efficient – due to the lower current strength. Charging on the go also remains available.

Roof mounted pantographs precisely tailored to meet your needs

Our roof mounted pantographs are technological milestones. Thanks to our many years of development expertise and experience, we set new standards in our segment for conductive, fully-automatic recharging of e-buses and electric industrial vehicles. These compact roof mounted pantographs are mounted on the roof of the electric vehicle and work on a “bus-up” principle. The vehicle parks under the charging point; then the pantograph extends, connects to the charging station and transmits power to the battery system.

Inverted pantographs – Turning charging on its head

Inverted pantographs are integrated into the infrastructure at a central location, for instance at a depot or in a rail network. Contacting works based on a top-down principle: the vehicle parks under the inverted pantograph, which extends downward, connects to the mating piece on the roof of the vehicle, and charges the batteries.

Underbody solutions make charging as easy as filling up

The biggest factor slowing the roll-out of e-mobility in the automotive industry is a lack of charging infrastructure. Either the infrastructure simply isn’t available yet, or the available charging stations take too much time and too much complex, manual operation. Schunk Transit Systems is addressing this challenge by developing the hands-free underbody solution. In the future, this charging system will allow vehicles to charge efficiently, safely and conveniently in just a few seconds – either at a public charging point or in your home garage. This is made possible by a charging station that can be installed into the driveway, the interface installed in the underbody of the vehicle and an extremely high power transmission. In addition to the greatly shortened charging time, the fully automated charging process is an outstanding feature. No more charging cables or plugs – the car is positioned automatically over the charging system and be charged autonomously.