The aim is to expand charging infrastructure for self-driving vehicles and electric vehicles to accelerate their adoption.
The 150KW DC EV fast charger will charge autonomous vehicles without human intervention, and will be Stable’s first of this kind. It’s anticipated to open in early 2020.
Electrify America will evaluate the hardware, network, operations and billing of its charging systems to best suit autonomous charging fleets.
Stable will integrate its robotic technology with Electrify America’s chargers, as well as manage the overall project.
After a vehicle would have parked itself, Stable’s robot will automate the connection between the vehicle and the charger.
Black & Veatch will be the engineering company for this project.
“We believe that reliable, high power electric vehicle charging infrastructure is essential for the accelerated adoption of EVs in the US, and recognize that foundational solutions like DC fast charging can be adapted for different charging needs,” said Wayne Killen, director, infrastructure planning and business development, Electrify America, LLC.
“Autonomous vehicles will play an important role in the future of driving, particularly with fleets, and tailored charging options for self-driving EVs will be critical to develop that effort. We’re excited to partner with Stable to be at the forefront of learning more and developing those charging solutions.”