Mitsubishi Electronic Research Laboratories develops roaming charging stations for EVs
One of the most critical factors concerning the penetration of EVs in the market has to do with the availability of charging stations nearby your route. Thinking of that, the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, Massachusetts have come up with a great idea of portable charging stations.
As such hey have developed a network of movable charging stations, which can be taken to wherever the demand for recharging is greatest. The idea of the this concept will be presented at the Vehicular Technology Conference in Ottawa, Canada. The mains will charge up these stations at night and set them up for work during the day.
How will it work? The in-car sensors would monitor the level of charge in the battery and periodically report this to a central operations center. This center will determine areas where most cars run low on power. After finding the low-charge hotspots, the roaming stations would be easily deployed to juice up the EVs.
MERL claims that that just five of these mobile stations would be enough to serve 100 electric cars on a 100-kilometer stretch of highway.
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