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Tesla shows off automated snake-like recharge arm

Here’s a video of Tesla’s prototype autonomous charging system, following Elon Musk’s January 1st Tweet: “Btw, we are actually working on a charger that automatically moves out from the wall & connects like a solid metal snake. For realz.” While other companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and General Motors are testing wireless, inductive charging, Tesla is taking a mechanical approach. This could be down to a few reasons; charging via plug is a more efficient means of power transfer than induction, or it could just be the theatrical aspect that Tesla is going for. Watching the video , we can see the snake has an almost liquid metal finish, conjuring up Terminator imagery. It has a sinister, slow movement but it finds its home no worries. This technology could have wide-spread (excuse the pun) applications, hopefully not including proctology.

Published: Friday, August 7, 2015

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