What We Need is a Robot to Charge Our Electric Car?

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Do We Need a Robot to Charge Our Electric Car ?

The electric vehicle revolution is underway with not just specialty automakers like Tesla turning out new models and designs but from pretty much all of the conventional car-makers as well. One of the design battle grounds among electric vehicle manufacturers is the speed at which a car can be recharged and once charged how far can it travel. Engineers and scientists the world over are working on being the first to achieve a new milestone in this race for charging excellence.

Snake like robot charger searches for the charge point

Snake like robot charger searches for the charge point

At same time as the EV revolution is underway so is the robot revolution and now they may be coming to together to solve a problem that I didn’t realize existed. That is to remove the need for people to plug in their chargers to the electric vehicles.

Finally the charging begins for this Tesla Model S

Finally the charging begins for this Tesla Model S

In this video a brand new Tesla Model S sits parked waiting for someone or something to plug it in. The snake like robot charge head first senses it environment then heads for the charge port on the car. Eventually it makes the connection and charges the car.

My question as a lover of technology and all things electric is ” Do we need a robot to find the plug on our electric car?”

 

About Gordon Smith
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.

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