Tesla motors working on snake-like auto-connecting charging station

Is it too much drudgery to manually connect the charging cord to your car?  Tesla Motors is shown here with a prototype charging cord that, snake like, automatically opens the charging flap, automatically seeks out the charging port, and starts charging once connected.

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It would remove one of the tasks related to electric cars – plugging in the charging cord.

Wireless charging systems is another method being developed so car owners don’t have to plug in the charging cord.  By contrast, wireless charging is less efficient than wired charging.  The system shown in this video has the advantage of automatically starting the charge session with no human intervention, and the advantage of the higher efficiency you get from a wired charging connection.

About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

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