Tesla Shows off Creepy Automated Charger Prototype

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Tesla Shows off Creepy Automated Charger Prototype

Tesla is testing a charger prototype that will automatically plug itself in to a car’s charging port.

Perhaps the future is now, with the American automaker sharing a new video of a prototype charger attaching itself to an electric vehicle all on its own. It might seem a bit creepy, especially given that the charger looks a bit like a robotic snake, but it’ll certainly be a luxury item to make owners’ lives a bit easier.

For a prototype, the charger takes a little over a minute to find its way to the vehicle’s charging port, but that’s a minute that you won’t have to spend plugging in the charger yourself. And besides, it’ll make you feel really special knowing that you have an automated charging butler at your disposal!

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The real-world benefits for an automated charger like this would apply to self-parking vehicles. Imagine being able to get dropped off at your work or even a shopping mall and having your Model S drive itself to a special parking spot with a charger finding its way to the port all by itself. When you’re ready to be picked up, the charger would unplug and your vehicle would find its way back to you fully charged and ready to go.

Watch the slightly terrifying prototype in action below:

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  • Jonny_Vancouver

    That’s pretty cool tech that would have lots of applications! I want one that washes dishes.

  • smartacus

    Tesla people do love their phallic symbolism

  • Mike

    I heard your old lady doesn’t get any phallic like things at home either.

  • smartacus

    oooh , I feel your raging jealousy at your competition for my affection.
    NTM you are jealous because you can neither afford a Tesla nor the Tesla phallus.

  • Mike

    You couldn’t give me a Tesla. They worked together with Toyota for the Rav4 EV, and the vehicle had to be recalled because of faulty parts that Tesla provided. Toyota had to clean up Tesla’s mess. Nice concept, but their management is also poor. They are bleeding money, yet they are beating all of their sales forecasts. Poorly run company with a history of manufacturing problematic, overly complicated vehicles. Not my style. And you don’t have a clue what I can afford. More moronic statements.

  • smartacus

    you said it yourself; they are bleeding money, yet they are beating all of their sales forecasts. They couldn’t even give them away at cost.

  • Mike

    Just go buy one already. Or call the doctor for that hard on lasting longer than 4 hours. I don’t want a Tesla. They’re not built to the point that I’m interested in purchasing. Just a few months ago Consumer Reports new Tesla model had to be towed because it was inoperable. If they can improve the quality I might give them more respect. But at this point they aren’t worth the headaches.