GERMANY. Automated Charging Solutions

Marquardt Creates Foundations for Global Robotic Charging Standard

Marquardt charging system portfolio with the components E-Lock, Charge Cover Sensor, Motorized Flap and Illuminated User Interface (IUI).

Autonomous vehicle charging – manufacturer-independent and fully automatic 

Components from Marquardt become “Robotic Charging Ready”

ROCIN-ECO research project presents automated robot fast-charging solution in June

Rietheim-Weilheim, Germany, June 2024 – Robotic charging solutions are set to enable the fully automated charging of vehicles using robotic arms in the future. The prerequisite for a smooth process flow are globally valid norms and standards. Marquardt is contributing the foundations for this as part of the ROCIN-ECO research project: Under the leadership of Ionity, Audi and TÜV SÜD, the mechatronics specialist is developing a standardized automated fast charging solution together with the charging robot manufacturer Rocsys. Other associated project partners are BMW, Porsche, Ford, Huber+Suhner and AVL. The consortium will contribute the results to the relevant standardization bodies, such as ISO, IEC and CCC. On June 18, robotic charging will also be shown in practice in a live demonstration at the Ionity test site in Unterschleißheim. For this purpose, an Audi E-Tron and a charging robot from Rocsys were equipped with Marquardt's communication and localization solution based on Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

Numerous Fields of Application

The trend towards e-mobility and autonomous driving opens up numerous fields of application for robotic charging, even beyond the automotive sector. “In addition to autonomous valet parking and charging, where vehicles park and charge completely independently, we see potential wherever mass charging is in demand for fleet operators, for example in the truck or material handling sector and in port intralogistics,” explains Andreas Becher, Technical Project Manager Innovation at Marquardt. “Globally valid norms and standards are essential for practical implementation, and we are now creating the foundations for this.”