Continental and Volterio will join forces to create charging robot systems. It’ll provide charging to electric vehicles.
Continental isn’t solely a tire company. The Germany-based company offers development and production through Continental Engineering Services (CES).
CES and Volterio announced a partnership to create an EV-charging robot. The joint venture’s mission is to make charging an EV more efficient.
With the charging robot, you don’t have to get out of your vehicle to plug in the charger.
All you have to do is park your EV on top of the robot. Then, it’ll take care of the rest.
The charging robot has two parts, a ground unit and one for the underbody of the vehicle. It corrects for deviation of up to 30 centimeters, about 11.8 inches, so you don’t have to park perfectly.
“Our charging robot is a real step in the evolution of making electric mobility more convenient and suitable for everyday use,” states Dr. Christoph Falk-Gierlinger, managing director of CES.
Unlike wireless inductive charging, the robot uses a physical connection to transfer energy. While it may seem less innovative, it’s a better solution because less energy is lost.
The robot will begin with the launch of a retrofit charging solution for current electric vehicles and homes with a 22 kW AC rating.
Then, the partnership will expand into public charging, such as parking garages, charging stations, or fleets.
The charging robot will offer a 50 kW DC capacity or higher.
Continental and Volterio have not given the charging robot a name yet. It’s a prototype, and the partnership hopes to debut the near-production version by the middle of 2022. The goal is to get the robot to production in 2024.
Featured image courtesy of Continental.
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