Ford believes that the all-electric world of tomorrow belongs to everyone. To make sure that every driver can enjoy the benefits of zero-emissions excellence, Ford has developed and is in the midst of piloting a robot charging station meant to be used by elderly drivers and drivers with disabilities.
This unique robot charging station is fully operable via smartphone. It automates the charging process, allowing drivers to stay in their vehicle or leave it to charge. Ford will further look for ways to leverage the robot charging station as it investigates hands-free charging alternatives for future EVs.
The robot charging station was developed by Germany’s Dortmund University and uses a retractable arm to charge the vehicle. A working version of the prototype can easily be installed in parking lots, at businesses, and in private residences.
“Ford is committed to ensuring freedom of movement and right now refueling or charging your vehicle can be a major problem for some drivers,” said Ford of Europe Research Engineer Birger Fricke. “The robot charging station could be an added convenience for some people but absolutely essential for others.”
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