Volkswagen has provided the first glimpse of its prototype mobile charging robot and also provided information on how exactly it will work in practice.
The German automaker believes the charging robot is a visionary concept that could expand the charging infrastructure over the next few years. The device is activated via an app or ‘Car-to-robot’ communication and operates totally autonomously, meaning the entire charging process takes place without any human involvement.
To charge several vehicles at the same time, the mobile robot moves a trailer, essentially a mobile energy storage unit, to the vehicle, connects it up and then uses this energy storage unit to charge the battery of the electric vehicle. The energy storage unit stays with the vehicle during the charging process. In the meantime, the robot charges other electric vehicles. Once the charging service has ended, the robot independently collects the mobile energy storage unit and takes it back to the central charging station.
According to Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group Components’ CEO, “A ubiquitous charging infrastructure is and remains a key factor in the success of electric mobility. Our charging robot is just one of several approaches, but is undoubtedly one of the most visionary.”
Take a look at the charging robot in action below:
Volkswagen has not announced when exactly the charging robot will be made available to the public. The company is however working on a less mobile, more conventional charging station, which is scheduled to be made available in early 2021.
Picture: Volkswagen Newsroom