The charging system will have an initial capacity of up to 300 kW and eventually go up to 1 MW, which would enable the fast charging of electric trucks while the driver is taking his break. Siemens has been working on this system together with Einride AB, an autonomous and electric transport systems developer. During the tests, an e-truck was charged for the first time by an autonomous fast-charging system.
And, because charging cables can be too heavy, Siemens is also adding a robot that can take care of this. So far, there aren’t too many details available about this helpful robot, but it sounds like a great addition. Another huge benefit of the autonomous charging system will be improved accessibility for drivers with physical limitations, such as blindness. Together with a public service association called Verein Sozialhelden e.V., Siemens is working on making charging stations inclusive for everyone, from plug accessibility to easy payment options.
Siemens also announced the launch of Simulytic, an in-house startup - as the name suggests, simulation and artificial intelligence will be used for research on the safety of autonomous driving.
At IAA Mobility, Siemens is the official charging infrastructure partner for Blue Lane Road, a 12-km (7.4 miles) test route, where 16 e-buses and 250 EVs from various manufacturers will be charged daily.