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From March 2012, a Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL, a 2nd generation smart fortwo electric drive and a smart ebike are available for the inhabitants of the efficient house (Photo: Daimler).

Daimler will start testing inductive charging on a real car in an effort to make the refueling of electric vehicles easier.

The carmaker said it would fit a technically modified Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL model with a special charging coil that merely has to be positioned over another charging coil in the ground to start the charging process. No cables are needed.

"We are keen to find out how the inductive charging process proves in daily use," said Herbert Kohler, head of e-drive & future mobility in Daimler's r&d department.

Next to the A-Class, Daimler will also provide a second-generation smart fortwo electric drive and a smart ebike.

The electric cars will be deployed from March 2012 in a project funded in part by the German government. The project centers around an energy-efficient home coupled with an electric vehicle where the house generates more electricity than it consumers. That surplus energy could then be used to recharge electric vehicles.

The inductive charging experiment will be conducted in cooperation with Conductix-Wampfler and Röchling Automotive KG, two specialist companies also based in Germany