Siemens unveiled the "Siemens Autonomous Charging System" as a global premiere at the IAA MOBILITY (2021 International Motor Show Germany), which permits automated charging of electric vehicles ranging from cars to trucks.
According to the German company, the prototype, which was shown for the first time at the exhibition, has a charging capacity of up to 300 kW, which will be increased to over one megawatt in a future development step. The latter should make it possible to charge electric trucks. According to Siemens, long-distance vehicles must be charged during mandated stop periods, which necessitates charging capabilities of one kilowatt, but these connections are too hefty for humans. The charging robot is meant to assist here.
Siemens has partnered with the Swedish company Einride to test and develop the "Siemens Autonomous Charging System." Einride is working on self-driving trucks. According to Siemens, one autonomous vehicle has already been powered by an autonomous rapid charging system as part of the partnership. However, in the message, Siemens makes no mention of when such a system should enter a public test phase or even go into serial manufacturing.