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Tesla’s Creepy Robo Snake Charger May be the Future of EV Recharging

10 August 2015

Call it a technophobe’s worst nightmare.

Tesla Motors’ latest recharging prototype is as awesome as it is scary.

Tesla Motors latest recharging prototype-Robo Snake Charger. Source: Teslamotors.comTesla Motors latest recharging prototype-Robo Snake Charger. Source: Teslamotors.comThe luxury electric vehicle (EV) company has unveiled a video of a metal column of vertebrae, resembling a metal snake, which serves as an automatic EV charger that can accurately find a charging point in vehicles. While the image of a metal snake moving into position on a car can be quite disturbing, it could very well be the future of EV recharging.

In the video, which was posted to Tesla’s Twitter account, the metal snake is shown bending down to find the charging point on the Tesla Model S EV followed by the car’s port flashing to confirm it is charging.

While the practicality of such a charging device for the home is unlikely due to the cost, it may serve as a way for public motorized charging stations to provide an easier or more efficient method than what is currently available on the market.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, confirmed that the metal snake charger will come out from a wall automatically and connect to an EV on its own without requiring any input from the driver. Meaning an owner could pull up to a charging station, go to work and the charger would take care of everything automatically.

The future is here and it is creepy.

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