Electrify America and EV fleet charging company Stable are collaborating on a robotic fast-charging facility for autonomous electric fleets in San Fransisco, as both companies develop infrastructure solutions needed to deploy self-driving and electric vehicle fleets of the future.
The two companies will deploy a pilot solution in San Francisco aimed at charging autonomous EVs without human intervention using a robotic solution attached to a 150kW DC fast charger. This charging location will be Stable’s first commercial autonomous charging site and is anticipated to be open in early 2020.
Electrify America has provided two 150kW DC fast chargers to Stable’s charging facility for initial development work behind demonstrating the commercial viability of autonomous charging services for self-driving EVs.
“We believe that reliable, high power electric vehicle charging infrastructure is essential for the accelerated adoption of EVs in the U.S., and recognise that foundational solutions like DC fast charging can be adapted for different charging needs,” said Wayne Killen, director,
infrastructure planning and business development, Electrify America. “Autonomous
vehicles will play an important role in the future of driving, particularly with fleets, and tailored charging options for self-driving EVs will be critical to develop that effort. We’re excited to partner with Stable to be at the forefront of learning more and developing those charging solutions.”
The dedicated fleet-charging facility will allow self-driving EV fleets to charge with no operators present. The autonomous vehicles will be able to park themselves anywhere inside a standard parking space, and Stable’s robot will automate the connection between the vehicle and the charger.
“We are proud to partner with Electrify America in this first step towards drastically
accelerating the reach of electrification and autonomy. Our models have shown dramatic
improvements to fleet utilization and operating cost-per-mile when fleets vehicles are paired with automated infrastructure in strategically chosen locations. For the benefit of our cities and ultimately of our planet, we are excited to introduce this new charging paradigm alongside Electrify America,” said Rohan Puri, co-founder and CEO of Stable.