Volkswagen presents mobile charging robot

January 04, 2021 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Volkswagen presents mobile charging robot
Following the introduction of the ID.3 electric vehicle, Volkswagen is now stepping on the gas in the provision of charging infrastructure: the company has now presented the prototype version of a mobile charging robot. It is designed to charge vehicles fully autonomously in facilities with limited space such as underground garages or multi-storey car parks.

The charging robot - activated via mobile phone app or car-to-x communication - acts fully autonomously. It independently approaches the vehicle to be charged and automatically exchanges the necessary information with it. The activities associated with charging - from opening the charging flap to connecting the plug and disconnecting - take place without human involvement. In order to be able to charge several vehicles at the same time, the robot brings a trailer with a built-in battery as a mobile energy storage unit to the vehicle, connects it and uses it to charge the battery of the e-vehicle. The energy storage unit remains with the car during the charging process. Meanwhile, the robot takes care of charging other vehicles. When the service is finished, it picks up the mobile energy storage unit independently and brings it back to the central charging station.

For operators of car parks, multi-storey car parks and underground garages, every parking space can be quickly and easily electrified with the mobile charging robot. This not only reduces the construction effort, but also the potential costs at the same time, says Volkswagen.

"A charging infrastructure that is available everywhere is a key success factor for e-mobility. Our charging robot is just one of several approaches, but certainly one of the most visionary," explains Thomas Schmall, CEO of Volkswagen Group Components, which is responsible for developing the robot. "The sustainable development of an efficient charging infrastructure is a central task that challenges the entire industry. We are developing solutions that help to avoid costly individual measures. The mobile charging robot is one such solution."

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