Innogy is showing a robot at the current E-world in Essen, Germany, that can plug a fast-charging cable in the car. The prototype was part of a research project Innogy ran with the University of Duisburg-Essen.
Although Innogy does not mention any technical details, it does explain that the robot is equipped with “the finest sensors and a camera” to detect how and where a car is parked. According to the charging specialist, such a device is particularly useful for fleet operators who can charge their vehicles at the right time via such robots. The next generation of fast charging robots as the one Samsung presented before, will therefore also have an interface for scheduling, Innogy projects.
Of course, the idea is not entirely new. Last year in Geneva, Volkswagen presented a charging robot called CarLa, developed jointly with automation specialist Kuka. In August 2018, scientists from Graz University of Technology also unveiled a robot-controlled rapid charging system designed to enable serial charging of electric vehicles in different parking positions.