Volkswagen reveal mobile charging robot prototype
Volkswagen Group Components have revealed the first glimpse of its mobile charging robot prototype.
Operating entirely autonomously, the charging robot – started via an app or Car-to-X communication – independently steers the vehicle to be charged and communicates with it. From opening the charging socket flap to connecting the plug and decoupling it, the charging process is completed without any human interaction.
The robot can even charge several vehicles at the same time through a mobile trailer that connects to the vehicle and uses this energy storage unit to charge. Upon completion of the charging service, the robot collects the mobile unit and takes it back to the central charging station.
Thomas Schmall, CEO of Volkswagen Group Components said that “Setting up an efficient charging infrastructure for the future is a central task that challenges the entire sector. We are developing solutions to help avoid costly stand-alone measures. The mobile charging robot and our flexible quick-charging station are just two of these solutions.”
The aim is to integrate the charging robot into an overall concept that focuses on the long-term success of electric mobility and transport.
“[Our developments] enable the operators of parking bays and underground car parks to quickly and simply “electrify” every parking space using the mobile charging robot. This reduces any construction work needed, at the same time reducing the potential costs.” Schmall adds.
The mobile charging robot has successfully reached its prototype status and will now be comprehensively further developed.
Source: Volkswagen Group News | Initial contact: The mobile charging robot – presenting a vision
13 January 2021