Electrify America announced that they are distributing what is likely to be the first autonomous electric vehicle fast charging station and has robotic arms.
The EV infrastructure company started by Volkswagen as part of the settlement with the United States over the Dieselgate scandal announced an agreement with Stable Auto, a San Francisco-based electric car insurance company (EV).
The plan is to build a charging station for pilot demonstrations for self-driving and electric vehicle fleets in San Francisco.
Wayne Killen, Director of Infrastructure Planning and Business Development at Electrify America, commented:
"We believe that reliable, powerful electric vehicle charging infrastructure is critical to the rapid acceptance of EVs in the United States, and recognizes that basic solutions such as rapid fast charging can Autonomous vehicles will play an important role in the future of car driving, especially with fleets, and tailor-made charging options for self-driving EVs will be crucial to developing this effort. We are pleased to partner with Stable to be at the forefront by learning more and developing these charging solutions. "
Electrify America plans to use Stable Auto's robotic solution consisting of a robotic arm connected to the charging station's charging connector: [1
" As part of of this agreement, Electrify America will evaluate hardware, networks, operation and billing of their charging systems to best suit autonomous charging fleets. Electrify America has provided two 150 kW DC fast chargers to Stable's charging station for first development work behind demonstrating the commercial viability of autonomous charging services for self-driving EVs. "
It aims for the station to open in" early 2020 ".
Electrek & # 39; s Take
We have seen several other similar projects to address charging with autonomous fleets, but this sounds like the most serious since Electrify America actually plans to distribute it.
Tesla had a robotic hose charging cable and an automatic high-speed external cooling charger, but it never did anything to those things.
I also like that Electrify America makes it clear is about self-driving and not making current charging solutions more practical.  Of course it will, but it is not worth the price. It would be to solve a problem that really does not exist since it is no less convenient to connect than to go to the gas station.
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