Volkswagen has created an autonomous charging station on wheels that could make electric car-only parking spots a thing of the past. Deploying smiling, friendly-looking robots in parking structures promises to turn every spot into a charging point.
V2X technology makes bringing the charging infrastructure directly to the car possible. Once they’ve parked, motorists summon the charging robot via a smartphone application, or through the car’s touchscreen. The robot wakes up knowing precisely where the car in need of a charge is located, and how much electricity is required to fill its battery pack. It then tows a mobile charger called a battery wagon to the parking spot, wirelessly asks the car to open its charging flap, plugs it in, and goes back to its dock. It tows the battery wagon back to its home base at the end of the charging process.