The Future of EV Charging with Autev's Mobile Charging Robots

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A Seattle based startup, Autev, has launched a mobile charging robot service that can convert parking spots into autonomous charging spaces, in order to meet the increasing demand for EV charging. By providing a cost effective, plug & play service, the company can bridge the gap between the number of EV's on the road, and the rate at which charging infrastructure is growing.

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EV owners worried about accessing fast-charging networks on the go can breathe a sigh of relief with advanced charging options now coming up. To this effect, Autev, a startup that focuses on mobile power solutions, has now launched its mobile charging robots that can now convert parking spots into autonomous charging spaces.

The Seattle-based firm believes that to further the adoption of EVs around the globe; there is a need to solve the charging infrastructure. Its on-demand autonomous EV charging service makes it more "convenient for EV owners, reduces the need for a fixed charging infrastructure, and helps facility owners meet the increasing demand for EV charging," said a press release.

Autev's developers have designed the robot's technology to be modular, adaptable, and tailored to their customer's needs

The US recorded a sale of 225,000 EVs in the first quarter of 2023, accounting for approximately 7 percent of new-vehicle sales. Aiming to match supply to demand, we have seen firms like Hyundai and NaaS in China release their automatic charging robot versions. Such solutions will become indispensable as the popularization of self-driving vehicles becomes more prevalent in the future.

--- A smart and convenient charging solution --- .

The mobile charging robot is powered by lithium-ion batteries and has a safe, reliable battery management system

The robot charging service offered by Autev is basically an intelligent massive battery pack on wheels. The service can be availed by summoning the bot through an app. The device can autonomously make its way to the desired location gathered while a person submits a request. Once the robot arrives at the destination, the user needs to plug in their vehicle and finish their work. Once the charging is done and is unplugged by the user, the robots reassemble at a dedicated location inside a parking area where it is plugged into top-up its batteries.

The company's algorithm tracks and optimizes energy consumption in order for the robot to be more energy efficient and generate more charging cycles per day

The firm hopes the service will ensure a seamless and convenient charging experience, improving EV owners' overall satisfaction with electric transportation. The plug & play service can transform any parking facility into a dedicated charging spot, covering areas where charging infrastructure may not be available or hard to install.

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Market research shows that the gap is widening concerning the number of EVs on the road and the rate at which charging infrastructure is growing. Autev says that creating new charging stations or dedicated EV charging parking spaces in areas of shared parking comes with various logistical challenges. "While 80 percent of EV owners charge their EVs at home using their own charging devices, at-work and on-the-go EV charging segments are potentially the fastest growing through 2030," said Osama AlSalloum, founder and CEO of Autev.

Autev has already implemented their service in Seattle and San Francisco, and is planning on expanding to other urban cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York

To counter this, such mobile charging solutions can be quickly deployed to meet growing electric vehicle demand with no additional fixed infrastructure, making it more cost-effective and scalable. Autev claims that their model can reduce upfront costs by 90 percent and offer 75 percent more revenue for parking facility owners, simultaneously ensuring ease of charging for customers.

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