With the impending launch of the first robot for charging electric cars, there are indications – at present – that we are in the midst of a new industrial boom, especially that robots have a long history in the automotive industry.
Last month, EV Save Charge unveiled Ziggy, the first mobile robot that can charge electric vehicles wherever they are, and is able to bypass obstacles related to fixed chargers or infrastructure, PV Magazine reported.
All you have to do is call “Ziggy” via a phone app, and he will quickly find a place to park your car, book it for you, and upon arrival he will start charging your battery, according to the specialized energy platform.
The most well-known and largest companies are rushing to develop robots to charge electric vehicles, including EV Save Charge, which has taken serious steps to create an autonomous robot that loads cars from anywhere.
Ziggy is the first robot dedicated to charging electric vehicles in parking lots, shopping malls, hotels and apartment buildings.
What sets Zygi apart is its ability to overcome fixed charging systems that require expensive infrastructure, according to the Specialized Energy Platform.
The robot is also equipped with digital billboards so that it can generate large sums of money for hotels and companies.
The company said the robot will allow level two charging speeds (12-80 mph) with launch, but will then be able to charge level three (3-20 mph).
Once its mission is complete, it will return to its base for charging, with either the parking grid, battery, solar power, or a combination of the three.
Car Charging Solutions
According to the company’s co-founder and CEO, Karadock Ehrenhalt, Ziggy – the first electric vehicle charging robot – is a flexible and simple solution for any shopping center or apartment complex aimed at providing vehicle charging without the need for expensive infrastructure investments, especially since the adding chargers to older buildings Not a suitable option at the moment.
Zighy’s inventor said that the goals of selling electric cars and reducing emissions create a more sustainable future, but that the vehicle charging infrastructure is not keeping pace.
He added: “We created Zighy to meet the growing demand of our customers for flexible charging solutions for electric vehicles, to help support the global transition of the transport sector to a cleaner, greener and electrified future, as well as to help drivers overcoming.concerns about charging, one of the biggest barriers to transportation Widespread acceptance of electric motors.
Although the company has not yet announced a confirmed launch date for the first electric car charging robot, it is planning production next year, and some locations in California, San Francisco and the famous Brooklyn neighborhood have agreed to try the robot.
Tesla robot is your secret shop
Charging electric vehicles takes a long time compared to conventional fuel, so many companies are looking for solutions to this problem, hence the idea of mobile robots to charge electric cars.
In 2015, Tesla released a video of a “snake” robot charging an electric car.
The idea behind the concept is that Tesla needs a way to charge the vehicles autonomously without human intervention, once it starts rolling out its fleet of self-driving electric vehicles.
If Tesla wants to drive a driverless car, it makes sense that it would be able to charge cars without owners having to plug the charger into the electric car by hand.
However, Tesla has not started publishing any automated charging solution, and for the past 5 years there has been nothing new about the “snake” charger, except in a tweet by Elon Musk, CEO who has been on Twitter since October 2020 has been published, which confirms that work on the The car charger is still there.
And earlier this year, Musk announced that the U.S. automaker would have a self-driving car in about a year, that is, by May 2023, but is he living up to those promises? Especially since the company previously announced its plan to have a fleet of one million “robot axles” by the end of 2020, that is, a vehicle with full self-steering capability.
What about a Volkswagen robot?
With the Volkswagen Group committed to launching dozens of electric models by the end of the decade, it plans to expand its charging infrastructure and devise cost-effective solutions, one of which is the “ChargeBot” mobile charging robot.
The company was one of the first companies to consider creating a portable charger for electric cars, which could move in parking lots, and was able to charge vehicles, and then return to its place without human intervention, unlike Ziggy, who needed help connecting the charger to the car.
According to the company, the robot calculates a “mobile energy storage unit” – which is basically a wheel battery – to the car and connects it to the car to start charging, and upon completion it will return to its base and wait for another order .
The company is using this technology to fully load vehicles in car parks, but the company has not set a date for its launch and is currently developing it.
Continental may be a name associated with tires, but that may change in the near future.
The German-based car parts manufacturer is working in partnership with the Austrian company “Voltrio” to develop a robot that facilitates the charging of the electric car battery.
The robot does not have a name – currently – and it is not the first robot to charge electric motors, but it is the simplest of them, as it consists of only two main units, one installed at the bottom of the motor , and the other on the garage floor, and as soon as the car stops, the unit on the ground automatically makes its way, To connect to its counterpart in the car and start charging.
The company sees its robot as a real step to make electric mobility more convenient for everyday use, especially indoors.
A version of the robot is expected to debut later this year, the company said.
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