eVersum has selected Rocsys, a company which creates autonomous charging solutions, to develop and deploy autonomous, robotic charging systems for eVersum’s eShuttles.
The partnership between eVersum and Rocsys will allow fleet operators to experience the benefits of robotic charging and eShuttles in advance of finalized, open industry standards. The now agreed collaboration will work to develop autonomous charging communication protocols between the vehicle and Rocsys robot, the companies say. Making use of existing standard charging connectors, such as CCS, the Rocsys solution will work seamlessly with eVersum’s eShuttles to scale pilots into larger fleet applications.
Rocsys is now launching its business in the US and has already opened a cooperation with Grivix and VDL ETS addressed at the development of robotic fast charging for Heavy Duty Vehicles, being them e-buses or e-trucks. In late 2020 the company entered in a partnership with Ebusco to develop a robot which would ensure that the CCS plug of the depot charger is plugged into the bus automatically and 100% correctly.
eVersum with Rocsys
eVersum is active in the manufacturing of future-looking electric vehicles, with a portfolio of three models so far: the eShuttle, the eTrain and the eCity (that, as it was announced in January 2021, is currently being developed in cooperation with Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG). In summer 2021 the company announced a deal with US battery supplier Microvast.
eVersum eShuttles are modularly designed and able to comfortably transport 15 to 50 passengers for various applications. The eShuttles are currently operated by a driver, however, there are well advanced plans with partners to make future eShuttles autonomous, it is mentioned. Rocsys’ autonomous, robotic charging solution will provide a safe and reliable charge to support the critical operation of passenger transportation.
Crijn Bouman, CEO of Rocsys, says: “Our goal is to power clean transportation by making charging autonomous. We create reliable autonomous charging solutions by combining soft robotics and cutting-edge computer vision technologies. We are glad to see that eVersum is taking autonomous charging into consideration as a part of the electrified transportation ecosystem, as it is an inevitable part of the future. Through this cooperation, we will strengthen and support each other in the development of autonomous clean transportation. Together we enable commercial vehicle operators to electrify their fleets in a sustainable way. We look forward to this cooperation with eVersum.”
“The eVersum eShuttles are destined to define a new category in the electric shuttle bus segment. eVersum aims to offer its customers spectacular looking and thoroughly engineered vehicles, as well as entire public transport eco-systems. Such turn-key solutions will ultimately include innovative charging infrastructure, depending on requirements and specific applications”, says Holger Postl, CEO at eVersum.