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Charging Robots

They are quite serious about this at VW. And before you go any further, you should do the same, at least for a moment. Why? Because this invention would solve at least one problem, namely that of charging stations that cannot be used due to parked cars, naturally limited to larger units. For e.g. two parking spaces no charging robot is worthwhile.

The video below assumes a floor in a parking garage. It is not even thought about long-term charging, because the actual 'battery cars' have only 25 kWh aboard. No it is about a supply e.g. during a shopping trip. You place the car in a way that the charging unit can be placed and plug in the battery car and start e.g. an app on your smartphone.

The charging robot takes the most charged battery cars, unplugs it and guides it to the rear of the vehicle. So you don't have to park in backwards to the charging station. Then the robot plugs in the charging cable and disappears again into its standby corner. For fuel there is already the refuelling during parking, however not automated and probably only sporadically in the USA.

A little more energy is lost during (double) charging, but by far not as much as during inductive charging.

Please remember: As with the above-mentioned refuelling, the time required for charging is as minimal as possible. But the process should be much more cost-effective, because nobody has to come to the site with a small tanker. You can use even the smallest rest periods of the e-car for charging.

And if you finish your shopping earlier than expected, you can send a message with the matching app well before you reach the car park again. Honestly, it doesn't get any more comfortable than this. And this does not only apply to multi-storey car parks, every larger area with charging stations is worthwhile. Especially interesting: rest areas.

If an accumulator car is not sufficient for charging, then just another one is fetched.

Actually, we do not need the charging columns at all or only a few. This saves investment costs, of course, if charging is only done at one place without an expensive infrastructure. This consists of a few special sockets. The rest can then be easily replaced even in the event of a defect. This does not even require specialist personnel.

The system is also better suited to autonomous driving. It is already available for some parking garages.

If the accumulator cars are designed accordingly, even batteries in secondary use could do their job here. VW plans to limit their size at 25 kWh. Fast charging shall be possible with up to 50 kWh. Another advantage: The point load on the grid is somewhat stretched. This could really make it possible to charge several cars at the same time with far more than 50 kWh. 12/19>br>

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