Motoring News: Prototype robot for electric charging


VOLKSWAGEN has developed “a visionary prototype” robot that can charge electric cars autonomously, allowing any parking space to become a charging point.

The system is comprised of two units: a robot that is summoned by drivers via a mobile app or a connected car system and an energy storage device that the robot tows to the vehicle.

The robot is capable of opening a charging port and connecting a plug then going to charge other vehicles and returning to collect the energy storage device once charging is completed.

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Each ‘battery wagon’ contains 25kWh of power and is capable of DC fast-charging at up to 50kW.


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