Tesla Motors develops creepy robotic tentacle to charge electric cars
Posted On August 7, 2015
Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants their electric cars to be as convenient as a regular fueled car and a good part of this convenience is making charging the vehicle simple, so Tesla’s research department showed a slightly odd solution to that. The idea is that you should be able to drive your Tesla into a automated charging station that would do everything independently without your help.
And how is it done? – One might ask – With a tentacle that looks like it came out of some sci-fi movie. The concept was actually hinted by Musk on tweeter last year when he said, “Btw, we are actually working on a charger that automatically moves out from the wall & connects like a solid metal snake. For realz.”
Tesla announced that the system is still only a prototype but the system design does make sense, you will never have to get out of your car and go through the hassle of charging it yourself and the tentacle is the ideal robotic design to search for the charging port in order to plug itself in. This also means that the same charger could be used for different car models without the need of any adaptation.