Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche are part of a coalition aimed at promoting autonomous electric charging.

Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche are part of a coalition aimed at promoting autonomous electric charging.


For combustion vehicles, there are service stations. For electric cars, play with charging cables. And in the future? Perhaps the human hand will disappear altogether to make way for robots.

A vision that may seem distant but which is at the heart of Rocin-Eco (Robotic Charging Infrastructure Ecosystem), a consortium launched in Germany that brings together Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Ionity, Rocsys, Huber+ Suhner, TÜV Süd and List of AVL.

The aim is to speed up the evolution of payments, combining power and knowledge, so that in the coming years European highway stations with robot stations can be seen, where it will only take between 15 and 30 minutes to refuel.

The consortium claimed that this technology could reduce fueling times by 15%, due to the elimination of the “human factor”. “Automatic charging can only be successful with a fully integrated approach between charging infrastructure and electric vehicles,” explained Crijn Bouman, CEO and co-founder of Rocsys. “A unified and integrated approach, with coordinated activities, is a prerequisite for success.”

“The goal is to create a concept that is available to all car manufacturers worldwide and to create a real robotic payment infrastructure system (ROCIN-ECO).”

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