eVersum, an Austrian manufacturer of electric commercial passenger vehicles, has selected automated charging innovator Rocsys to develop autonomous robotic charging systems for eVersum’s eShuttles.
Robotic charging solutions are new to the market, and industry standards are currently in development. The two companies will work together to develop communication protocols that eVersum’s vehicle and Rocsys’s robot will use to enable autonomous charging. Rocsys’s solution uses existing standard charging connectors such as CCS. The partnership between eVersum and Rocsys will develop robotic charging on a pilot basis in advance of finalized open industry standards.
eVersum’s eShuttles feature a modular design, and can be built in 15- to 50-passenger configurations. The company has well-advanced plans with partners to make future eShuttles autonomous, so Rocsys’s autonomous, robotic charging solution is particularly apropos.
“Autonomous, robotic fast-charging solutions in combination with opportunity charging will enable us to offer our customers smaller battery packs, reducing our vehicle weight and energy consumption,” said eVersum Managing Partner and Head of Sales Jürgen Heinrich. “Other benefits include higher fleet availability and reduced risk of depleted batteries during operations.”
“We create reliable autonomous charging solutions by combining soft robotics and cutting-edge computer vision technologies,” said Crijn Bouman, CEO of Rocsys. “We are glad to see that eVersum is taking autonomous charging into consideration as a part of the electrified transportation ecosystem, as it is an inevitable part of the future. Through this cooperation, we will strengthen and support each other in the development of autonomous clean transportation.”
“The eVersum eShuttles are destined to define a new category in the electric shuttle bus segment,” says eVersum CEO Holger Postl. “eVersum aims to offer its customers spectacular-looking and thoroughly engineered vehicles, as well as entire public transport ecosystems. Such turnkey solutions will ultimately include innovative charging infrastructure, depending on requirements and specific applications.”