VW Designs Autonomous Robot to Charge Electric Vehicles

The electric vehicle (“EV”) industry is a highly innovative space, and EV makers are constantly working on refining EV battery and charging technology. As 2020 drew to a close, Volkswagen Group Components rolled out a prototype of an autonomous mobile electric vehicle charger. The robot can reportedly navigate parking lots with ease, recharge an EV and head back to its outpost, all on its own.

The German automaker plans on building and selling 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2025, and it has pledged to launch dozens of EV models over the next decade. The company created the prototype robot to showcase how it will expand its EV-charging infrastructure over the next couple of years as demand for its electric vehicles rises. Thomas Schmall, CEO of Volkswagn Group Components, said in a statement that developing an efficient charging infrastructure to support the growing number of EVs on the road is a challenge faced by the entire EV sector.

VW’s charging prototype can be started through an app by the vehicle or via car-to-x communication. Car-to-x communication allows vehicles to “speak” or interact with infrastructure. According to the automaker, the approach will be a prerequisite if the mobile charger is to reach market maturity. Once the mobile charger is on, two digital eyes light up on the display, and the charger makes its way to the vehicle that summoned it.

The charging robot then opens the charging socket flap, connects the plug and starts charging the car. The robot also has the ability to move and connect a mobile energy storage unit to the car. Once the EV has enough juice, the charger disconnects the plug or collects the storage unit, and returns to a central charging station. Thanks to the mobile energy storage unit, the charger can recharge several vehicles at once.

Although the firm is also working on other EV charging approaches, Schmall says the charging robot is one of the most visionary. Now that the mobile charging robot has reached the prototype stage, VW is sending it back to the lab to further refine the technology, specifically to improve the car-to-x communication.

Additionally, Volkswagen is developing a DC wallbox that can charge up to 22 kilowatts, which it began piloting in early December at some of its German production sites. The company is also planning to launch a flexible but stationary quick-charging station for EVs in early 2021. According to Schmall, the DC charging products will consider the economic possibilities of partnering with parking bay and underground car park operators.

Still on the subject of innovative technologies, Clean Power Capital Corp. (CSE: MOVE) (FWB: 2K6A) (OTC: MOTNF) plans to deploy hydrogen fueling systems at thousands of existing gas stations and truck stops within the United States as a way of popularizing this renewable energy.

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