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Charge while you drive? Amazon wants to make it happen

Posted by: Adam Brown
18/10/2017
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Aerial refuelling was previously only found in the realm of military aviation, but now online goliath Amazon wants to make it a reality for electric vehicles.

Whether you like it or not, electric vehicles are the future, particularly in light of government legislation that will phase out traditional internal combustion powered vehicles in the coming decades. The only real barrier to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles so far has been their limited range (approximately 200 miles on average), and the significant amount of time it takes to recharge onboard batteries. Consider that event Tesla’s famed Superchargers can take the best part of an hour to recharge an EV.

But what if you could recharge your car whilst you drive? Worries about ‘range anxiety’ would be over.
Amazon's patent drawing for the charging drone
(Amazon’s patent drawing for the charging drone- via US. Patent Office).

Amazon has patented a method in which electric vehicles would contact a central server when their batteries were running too low to reach their intended destination, which prompt a computer to dispatch an unmanned flying machine with a supplementary battery pack. 

Once the drone has located the car, they would wireless exchange information to sync their speeds and locations and would then connect to commence charging- all whilst in motion.
The method involves EVs automatically contacting a central server when their batteries are running too low. A computer then dispatches a drone with a battery pack to recharge the EV
(Image via the US. Patent Office).

Given the rapid growth of EV charging infrastructure throughout the Americas, Europe and CIS it seems that this method, although highly innovative, may indeed be unnecessary. Nevertheless, it remains interesting to observe how the rise of electric vehicles is spurring major companies to consider how energy infrastructure will need to change in response.

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