The next generation of electric vehicle charging stations are coming and while most companies are focusing on getting the highest charge rate possible, Tesla is also looking to automate the charging process to prepare its infrastructure for its fully self-driving update.
A recently released patent application gives a glimpse at a potential solution that Tesla could implement for both high speed charging and automated charging.
First off, a reminder that companies sometimes apply for patents and never end up commercializing the technology. Therefore, we shouldn’t get too excited and instead look at it from a point of view that Tesla worked on this tech and considered it interesting enough to patent it.
In this case, Tesla first applied to patent the technology back in 2014, later updated the application in 2016, and it was finally published earlier this month.
The application is titled ‘Charging station providing thermal conditioning of electric vehicle during …