The lack of charging stations is the biggest shortcoming in the electric vehicle game at the moment and Volkswagen seems to have a solution for that.
The company has developed an autonomous mobile charging robot that’s operated via app where upon activation, the entire charging process will not require any human intervention.
“The mobile charging robot will spark a revolution when it comes to charging in different parking facilities, such as multistorey car parks, parking spaces and underground car parks because we bring the charging infrastructure to the car and not the other way around,” said Volkswagen Group Components, Head of Development, Mark Moller.
The robots are equipped with an array of cameras, laser scanners and ultrasonic sensors to support its autonomous function. When initiated, the robot will connect a mobile energy storage device called the “battery wagon” to the vehicle and automatically connects them.
The battery wagon stays with the vehicle during the charging process while the robot attends to the other vehicles that require charging. Each battery wagon contains 25kWh of charge, and is capable of fast charging up to 50kW.
“This approach has an enormous economic potential. The constructional work as well as the costs for the assembly of the charging infrastructure can be reduced considerably through the use of the robots,” said Möller.