Ford Reveals New All-Electric Explorer EV for the European Market
Original Source: Ford
Hyundai Motor Develops Automatic Charging Robot for Electric Vehicles
- Hyundai Motor Group has developed an automatic charging robot (ACR) for electric vehicles.
- The ACR for EVs is a one-arm robot capable of plugging a cable into an EV’s charging port and removing it again once charging is complete.
- The ACR communicates with the vehicle to open the charging port, calculating the exact location and angle through a camera mounted inside.
- The robot then picks up the charger and fastens it to the vehicle’s charging port, thus starting the charging session. Once charging is complete, the robot removes the charger, returns it to its rightful place, and closes the vehicle’s charging port cover.
- “The ACR will help to make EV-charging easier and more convenient, especially in dark environments. It will also improve accessibility, particularly for people with mobility barriers, as charging cables become thicker and heavier to enable high-speed charging,” said Dong Jin Hyun, Head of the Robotics Lab, Hyundai Motor Group.
- The Group’s Robotics Lab has considered diverse variables in developing the ACR, such as the vehicle’s parking location, the shape of the charging port, the weather, potential obstacles, and the weight of the charging cable.
Original Source: Hyundai Motor Group
EU Drafts Plan to Allow Sales of Internal Combustion Cars that Run on E-Fuel
- The European Commission has drafted a plan to allow sales of new cars with internal combustion engines after 2035 if they run only on carbon-neutral e-fuels.
- The draft comes in as European Union tries to resolve a spat with Germany over moves to phase out combustion engine cars.
- The European Commission and the German authorities are aiming to secure an agreement by Thursday’s EU summit.
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