Τα ηλεκτρικά αυτοκίνητα αναμένεται να αυξήσουν το μερίδιο τους στην πίτα των πωλήσεων τα χρόνια που μας έρχονται, οπότε δεν προκαλεί ιδιαίτερη εντύπωση το γεγονός ότι οι κατασκευαστές επενδύουν σε αυτά και σε σχετικές με αυτά τεχνολογίες. Τελευταίο παράδειγμα, η Volkswagen που ανακοίνωσε ότι εξελίσσει ένα σύστημα αυτοματοποιημένης ταχείας φόρτισης για την επόμενη γενιά ηλεκτρικών οχημάτων.

Το σύστημα ονομάζεται E-Smart Connect και στοχεύει στην περαιτέρω διευκόλυνση της διαδικασίας της ταχείας φόρτισης που σε αυτό το σημείο, απαιτεί από τον ιδιοκτήτη να συνδέσει χειροκίνητα βαριά καλώδια στο αυτοκίνητο. Για να το κάνει αυτό, το σύστημα θα χρησιμοποιεί ένα KUKA LBR iiwa ρομπότ με 7 άξονες και ενσωματωμένους αισθητήρες ροπής, το οποίο θα συνδέει αυτόματα τα καλώδια.

Το E-Smart Connect, είναι σχεδιασμένο για χρήση σε γκαράζ και απαιτεί μία σχετική ακρίβεια στην τοποθέτηση του αυτοκινήτου έτσι ώστε να λειτουργήσει το ρομπότ αλλά από εκεί και πέρα, όλα γίνονται αυτόματα.

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E-Smart Connect”: Volkswagen is researching automated fast charging system for the next-generation electric vehicle

  • Automatic charging with direct current (DC) and robot assistant
  • Intelligent combination with automated parking (valet parking)
  • Capacity Strong traction batteries allow 500 km range

Once again, Volkswagen AG confirmed its leading role in the field of electrified and automated driving – and this has been the next generation of electric vehicles at a glance. By increasing energy density and capacity of traction batteries ranges of more than 500 km will be possible in the foreseeable future. This allows a “whole-electrification” of private transport with large vehicle quantities. In order charging for these vehicles as short and to make the handling as efficient and comfortable as possible, the Wolfsburg engineers are working on an automated direct-current (DC) loading system, the automatic e-charging station “e-Smart Connect”.

Next-generation electric vehicles are equipped with large battery capacity. To this energy storage load quickly, very high loading capacities from 80 to 150 kW are required. This can be achieved with DC fast charging technology, but requires cables with large cross sections. Due to their weight and stiffness, these can be handled only with difficulty. The research goal of e-Smart Connect is therefore the automatic coupling of fast charge connector (DC Connector) and vehicle. In conjunction with the automated parking a minimum expenditure of time and the ultimate in comfort and operating safety is therefore guaranteed.

The connection of DC connector and board is via force and torque reduced cable management and the use of the KUKA lightweight robot “LBR iiwa”. Thanks to seven drive axles and integrated torque sensors it provides the plug contact her precise, powerful and sensitive tastgenau.

Automated Parking: to the centimeter

The automated Quick charging starts with the communication between vehicle and electric filling station. The electric vehicle transmits its profile data to the charging station, which transmits the target position for the automatic parking in return. To achieve the required accuracy Park – the DC charging socket of the vehicle must be in a target area of ??20 x 20 centimeters to be positioned – can thus be in addition to the appropriate bodies of the surrounding infrastructure and the assistance systems of the vehicle use. In addition, a camera determines the gripper of the robot, the exact position of the charging socket to a millimeter. The robot then takes the DC connector from a magazine and connects it to the charging socket. Once that has happened, he is transported automatically via a conveyor system to operate more electric vehicles.

e-Smart Connect ensures s Ichere “human-robot collaboration” (MRK)

When charging is completed, the robot is commanded to pick up the DC connectors. After releasing the connection of the car’s parked out automatically and the charging space free for the next vehicle to ensure optimum utilization of the fast charger.

The system is ideal for use in public places, because in e-Smart Connect technology possible contact forces are also monitored to man. A “human-robot collaboration” (MRK) is possible and additional safety barriers dispensable.