Charging Your Chevy Bolt EV In The Most Insane Way Possible


And here I’ve been parking and plugging in my own electric car like a sucker!

We have seen a number of organizations combine a robotic arm with a charging station. Tesla’s snake-like concept garnered the most attention a few years ago. Although the impracticality of these set ups means we haven’t really seen these ideas make it to market yet. The usefulness is limited for a stationary robotic charging arm.

Well unlike Tesla’s example, this robotic arm from FANUC America is mounted to an autonomous vehicle base. Obviously this versatility creates a lot more use cases for such machinery.

According to the description of the vehicle on FANUC America Corporation’s YouTube page:

At IMTS 2018 FANUC America demonstrates the super heavy payload capability of the FANUC M-2000iA robot, which is able to easily lift this complete Chevrolet Bolt vehicle efficiently and safely. This system also features autonomous vehicle charging via the flexible FANUC M-10iD/12 robot mounted on a Self-Driving Vehicle.

The robot moves a Chevrolet Bolt to a charging station and presents it to a FANUC M-10iD/12 robot mounted on a Clearpath OTTO 1500 Self-Driving Vehicle (or SDV). FANUC’s M-10iD Robot Series was designed to maximize productivity in compact workspaces.

The robot uses FANUC’s new 3DV/400 Vision Sensor to locate the car’s charging hatch.

The robot opens the hatch, removes a charging plug from the station and inserts it into the car. After charging is complete, the M-10iD/12 will return the charging plug to the station and close the hatch.

Why do I want something like this that I have absolutely no use for whatsoever?

Obviously, these robots are not intended for consumer level use. The large M-2000iA robot is for moving large payloads around manufacturing facilities with tight spaces. In the video, the arm picks up the Chevy Bolt EV, moves it across the room, and places it in front of a charging station.

Then, the smaller FANUC M-10iD/12 robotic arm mounted to a Self-Driving Vehicle drives up, opens the charging port door using a 3D vision camera, and guides the charging cord into the Bolt’s charge port.

Sure, both are well suited for automobile manufacturing facilities. This type of machinery isn’t too unusual in a factory setting. But the autonomous vehicle arm would also be perfect for electric vehicle fleets. Perhaps for a company with a fleet of self-driving cars about to hit the streets in large numbers? Or is it just a coincidence that a Chevy Bolt is showcased here?

Be sure to check out the video above. It might be an early peak into our autonomous charging future.

Source: OTTO Self-Driving Vehicle, M-10iD/12 Robotic Arm

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Well… instead of plugging in a CCS-plug, the huge robot could grab a wheel and spin it very fast to use the cars recuperation to charge it … and the robot could be powered by a steam engine running on whale oil … that would probably be the most insane way to charge I can think off.

That’s almost as roundabout as powering the robot with a fuel cell using hydrogen that was produced from an electrolysis cell that consumed solar panel generated electricity!

with my Volt’s on-board 3.6kw charger, but 50+ kw regen ability, your idea would dramatically improve my recharge times. I’d pass on whale oil though.

Rube Goldberg would be proud of you! 😆

I was actually hoping that’s exactly what they were talking about.

Or a live whale could be harnessed to drag it along a coastal road on regen…

Wonderful, how much is this charging robot and where can I buy it?

Yes, we all could use these for work and play!

Funny, is that how the Bolt bottom assembly of the battery looks like?
No aerodynamic sheet to cover that drag inducing grid?

I would assume the air flows over it looking at the channels that preceed it from the front and extend past the suspension components.

If the robot had moved the car back and forth on the ground (like a toy car with a wind-up spring) for rekuparation – THAT would have been insane.

I was hoping it would spin the drive wheels with its fingers by flicking them, thus engaging regen.

I could build that out of Lego’s in a week.

Wow, apparently the robot is so expensive they couldn’t afford to plug in a level 3 fast charger : (

They could, but it wasn’t working, and the robot didn’t have a voice module to call the 800- number

That was pretty fun to watch.

It didn’t press the thumb button on top of the charger to connect and disconnect it. Did it actually plug it in all the way?

That is the Rube Goldberg version of the electric car charger. What about putting a induction coil on a parking lot? Park your car and it’ll just charge. Put a RFID reader in the parking lot, reads your car and charges your account. I’ve seen so many proposals but no one is doing it?

For some reason, I thought the robot was going to shift the Bolt into “L” and rotate the front wheels …

I was waiting for the robot to go haywire and rather than plug the car in grabbing fenders and doors and slowly pulling them off while the big one slowly crushes the car and the sales person keeps saying but I did un plug it and the bot comes for him!

Not “the craw”, THE CLAW”

Okay, I’ll admit this is waaaaaay more insane than the guy(s) in Russia who towed his Model S to spin the wheels and recharge it (them), since he didn’t have any access to an EV charger.

I thought they would have a stick pointing up so it could charge by lightning strikes. LOL

Most impressive thing about this product is to wrist rotate the car… The Governator never even could do that.