VW has a prototype of a robot for charging electric vehicles

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VW is currently evaluating the feasibility of bringing the development to the market

Volkswagen (VW) has unveiled a working prototype of an autonomous charging robot for electric vehicles. This is a practical implementation of a concept that the automaker has been hatching for several years. 

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VW has a prototype of a robot for charging electric vehicles

The idea behind the robot, equipped with a DC charging system, is to transport battery packs to parked electric vehicles and charge them while they are in the parking lot. This method could be useful in large residential complexes, eliminating the need to equip every parking space in an underground garage with a charging station.

The manufacturer himself describes the work of an autonomous charging system as follows:

The charging robot, launched via an app or via a Car-to-X connection, works completely autonomously. It independently goes to the car and interacts with it: from opening the cover of the charging connector to connecting and disconnecting the plug. The entire charging process takes place without human intervention. To charge multiple vehicles at the same time, the mobile robot moves the mobile energy storage device to the vehicle and connects it to charge the vehicle, and then repeats the process to charge other vehicles. When the car is fully charged, the robot independently picks up the mobile energy storage and returns it to the central charging station?

The company previously reported that the capacity of one battery pack is 25 kWh. Fast charging with the constant current is supported. The charging robot can move multiple battery packs at the same time.

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VW is currently evaluating the feasibility of bringing development to the market.