The Volkswagen robot can simultaneously charge multiple vehicles inside the same parking garage by hooking up a mobile battery pack to each car and then retrieving the pack once the car is charged.
Each battery pack can hold about 25 kWh and can top up the battery of a vehicle at a rate of 50 kW. In theory, anyways — as of right now, the robot and its “battery wagon” buddy don’t actually exist.
“It’s a visionary prototype, which can be made into reality quite quickly, if the general conditions are right,” Mark Möller, Head of Development at Volkswagen Group Components, said in a statement.
Volkswagen hasn’t announced any dates for realizing its vision, but the benefits of the robot are clear: it could eliminate the need for dedicated parking spots outfitted with electric car chargers.
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