Rocsys, a provider of autonomous robotic charging solutions, has joined ROCIN-ECO, a consortium with IONITY, Audi, TÜV SÜD, Porsche, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, AVL and Huber+Suhner.
The vision of the ROCIN-ECO consortium is to equip fast charging stations along European highways with one or more robotic charging lanes. These will enable a fully automated charge and offer “a premium and carefree charging experience,” as well as making charging less challenging for drivers with physical limitations. Rocsys says the robotic lanes could also improve ROI for charging station operators by eliminating idle time between charging sessions.
“Rocsys is the first provider of robotic charging, and we are diligently working toward a future where all charging will be autonomous,” said Crijn Bouman, CEO and co-founder of Rocsys. “Autonomous charging can only be successful with a fully interoperable approach between the charging infrastructure and electric vehicles. A connected and integrated approach, which also involves standardization activities, is a prerequisite to success. Therefore, the consortium drives the IEC and ISO standards for robotic charging, will deliver demonstration vehicles and live test sites, and will input practical insights from their efforts into the standard.”
The aim of the consortium, Bouman explains, is “to create a a true Robotic Charging Infrastructure Ecosystem (ROCIN-ECO). With this consortium we will strengthen and support each other in the development of an optimal concept for enabling carefree e-mobility.”