Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

Volkswagen Group has developed a robotic electric vehicle charger that moves through parking spaces recharging electric vehicles and returning to its development center. The company came up with this model to evaluate the possibility of recharging electric cars without human effort. The prototype robot is a product of Volkswagen Group Components. It displays the company’s plan to grow its charging facilities to suppress the growing demand for electric vehicles and their utilities. Since the company is preparing to roll out numerous electric vehicle models before 2030, the ideal solution for recharging these vehicles would be the robotic charger. The company anticipates selling close to 2 million electric vehicles in the next four years. 

The chief executive of Volkswagen Group Components, Thomas Schmall, noted that establishing a stable charging infrastructure would resolve the problem that the electric vehicle industry is certain to encounter. He added that they are coming up with solutions that can minimize costs like mobile robotic chargers and fast-charging points to accelerate electric vehicles’ uptake. Volkswagen is manufacturing various DC chargers like DC wallbox that generates 22 kilowatts. The company started this program early this month in its assembly facilities in Germany. Additionally, the company will be developing fast-charging facilities over this year to gain more profits from the electric vehicle industry. 

The company is yet to unravel the rollout date for the mobile robotic charger. The engineers noted that they have reached the prototype stage and will be developing the models for the actual product’s pilot tests. Volkswagen explained that they are integrating the communication link between the robot and the overwhelmed charging station so that the mobile charger can be deployed to resolve the problem. Moreover, electric vehicles owners can link with available charging robots through an app and help them out. This situation is advantageous since the electric vehicles stuck in places without charging utilities can enjoy these services before they resume their journey. The charger communicates with the electric vehicle’s AI and heads towards the electric vehicle to recharge it. After recharging the electric vehicle, the robot retrieves the energy storage unit and heads back to the assembly point. 

Schmall explained that the DC charging products would also consider the customer demands and the technical adjustments that these electric vehicles would be needing. This concept may involve the delivery of spare parts to replace those that have spoilt. The company executives outlined that they are hoping to partner with parking lots and underground parking developers to deliver their services efficiently.

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