Volkswagen has developed a robot that, upon request, will be able to independently find and charge electric vehicles in any parking space..
The created prototype is equipped with cameras, laser scanners and ultrasonic sensors, thanks to which it orientates itself in space, recognizes obstacles, finds the desired vehicle and its charging port. It can be activated using a special application or through the V2X communication system.
After receiving a request, an autonomous robot takes a mobile energy storage with it and drives up to the vehicle with it. Then he opens the cover of the charging socket and connects his trailer to the battery of the electric vehicle, leaving it running, while he can service other cars in the meantime. As soon as the charging process is complete, the robot returns, disconnects the energy storage and takes it back to the charging station..
Each individual mobile energy storage device provides fast DC charging up to 50 kW. If necessary, the robot can sequentially connect several trailers with batteries to the transport. In large parking lots or underground car parks, you can use several such robots.
According to Volkswagen representatives, the new technology allows almost any parking lot to be electric with minimal infrastructural changes. The company is currently developing several options for the system, and increasing its flexibility. However, he has not yet named a possible date for the launch of an innovative product on the market..
Most likely, the team is improving the robot’s ability to recognize the charging ports of various models from other automakers, as this is a key factor in efficiency..
Since in the near future electric cars will begin to dominate the market, and it is unrealistic to equip every parking space with a charging station, such products are a far-sighted solution..
An equally interesting version of the station was recently presented by Peugeot. French automaker has developed a billboard that uses ambient noise to charge an electric car.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Volkswagen
Volkswagen Mobile Charging Robot for Electric Cars