The German Design Council honors KUKA for its user-friendly and intelligent charging technology. The KUKA charging assistant convinced the jury. The focus is on the automated assistant for convenient charging of electric vehicles at home.
KUKA's vision on the subject of e-mobility wins award
"The KUKA Charging Assistant is our contribution to the automated, simple charging of electric vehicles for private users. We are proud that this innovation was able to assert itself and win over the German Design Council", says Günther Schulze, Key Account Manager at KUKA.
The number of electric vehicles on the roads is set to increase immensely over the next few years. There will also be an increase in the number of vehicles with autonomous functions, e.g. some cars can already park without a driver. Both trends will boost demand for intelligent and convenient charging technologies.
For KUKA, the charging assistant is a first, innovative step toward home automation. Controlled by the driver via an app or by the vehicle itself, it takes over the charging process. The charging assistant is the result of a joint research project with Volkswagen AG. The trick is that the car itself does not require any additional equipment. Simply screwed to the garage wall, the charging assistant is quickly ready for operation with the appropriate adapters for the vehicle and charging cable. This makes it a pioneer for the intelligent mobility of the future.
"The German Innovation Awards honour products and solutions that distinguish themselves primarily by their user centricity and added value compared to earlier solutions across all industrial sectors – because innovations that shape the future and improve our lives come from all industries. Sometimes you recognise them at first glance – but often this is not the case. The German Innovation Awards intend to change that. The competition makes outstanding achievements visible to a wide audience and ensures successful positioning in the market."
KUKA AG is an internationally active company with sales of around 3.5 billion euro and roughly 14,200 employees. It is one of the world’s leading suppliers of intelligent automation solutions. Their headquarters are in Augsburg, Germany.