Robotic fast-charger for autonomous vehicles deployed

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Electrify America has partnered with Stable Auto to pilot robotic charging solutions for self-driving vehicles in San Francisco.

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.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.