Affordable battery-powered vehicles are close to being cost-effective for most people. They are expected to start replacing oil based vehicles in next 1-2 decades.
Tesla is one of the main players in this market. When customers buy Tesla they get a lifetime free recharge. Tesla has installed its charging stations across US to make their vehicles more easy to use.
This patent discloses a charging robot that automatically detects the car, approaches the car and places the charging point at the right place on the car.
Vehicle charge robot
Inventors: Zhou; Wesley (Laguna Niguel, CA)
Family ID: 1000000794818
Appl. No.: 14/519,942
Filed: October 21, 2014
Abstract: A robotic electric vehicle charging device operable to automatically plug in an electric charging connector to charge the battery pack of an electrically powered vehicle. When charging is completed, the device will disconnect itself from the vehicle and move away from the vehicle.