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Volkswagen Group Components has offered the first glimpse of the prototypes of its mobile charging robot that can full charge vehicles autonomously in restricted parking areas, like underground car parks.

The charging robot – started via an app or Car-to-X communication – independently steers the vehicle to be charged and communicates with it: from opening the charging socket flap to connecting the plug and decoupling it. The entire charging process takes place without any human involvement whatsoever.

To charge several vehicles at the same time, the mobile robot moves a trailer, essentially a mobile energy storage unit, to the vehicle, connects it up and then uses this energy storage unit to charge the battery of the electric vehicle. 

The business unit is currently working on a complete DC charging family. The quick-charging station will be launched onto the market in early 2021.

Thomas Schmall, CEO of Volkswagen Group Components, says: “A ubiquitous charging infrastructure is and remains a key factor in the success of electric mobility. Our charging robot is just one of several approaches, but is undoubtedly one of the most visionary.”

He adds: “Setting up an efficient charging infrastructure for the future is a central task that challenges the entire sector. We are developing solutions to help avoid costly stand-alone measures. The mobile charging robot and our flexible quick-charging station are just two of these solutions. Our developments do not just focus on customers’ needs and the technical prerequisites of electric vehicles. They also consider the economical possibilities they offer potential partners.”

The Mobile Charging Robot – Presenting A Vision

In the future, Volkswagen Group Components will be responsible for all Volkswagen Group charging activities and charging systems. 

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