Volkswagen wants to make the lives of electric vehicle owners much easier. Rather than having to look for EV parking space with charging ports or charging stations, any parking spot can become a charging point thanks to the help of some robots. No official name was given by Volkwagen, calling it only the mobile charging robot.
The mobile charging system works with the robot driving itself automatically to the vehicle that needs charging by communicating via an app or V2X communication. The robot will automatically open the charging socket, connect, and even decouple without any human interaction. However, it won’t be the robot itself charging the vehicle. Instead, it will bring along a mobile energy storage device or “battery wagon” to connect with the vehicle. Fully charged, VW says these are equipped with around 25 kWh of energy and feature quick charging.
While one vehicle is charging, the robot can move to charge other electric vehicles in the area. Once charging is complete, the robot will collect the energy storage device and bring it back to the charging station.
“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. With this, we are making almost every car park electric, without any complex individual infrastructural measures”, said Mark Möller, Head of Development at Volkswagen Group Components.
According to Volkswagen, the mobile charging robot will have a compact design allowing it to be used in restricted parking facilities without charging infrastructure such as underground parking lots. As such, several charging robots can be deployed at the same time so that several vehicles are attended to.
For now, the mobile charging robot is a prototype by Volkswagen Group Components. It gives us a glimpse of how the future of charging infrastructures could be. The automaker has yet to announce a date for the market launch of the charging robot as well.