Green Tech Company Envision Launches Mobile Charging Robot for Electric Cars

Chinese green technology company Envision Group has launched a mobile charging robot named “Mochi” that can be deployed to charge electric vehicles (EVs).

Unveiled at the company’s Net Zero Day in Shanghai on Thursday, the device is the world’s first mass-produced, mobile smart charging robot that is 100% powered by green electricity, Envision said.

Mochi is compatible with most mainstream EVs on the market. Powered by Envision’s AESC vehicle-security-level batteries, Mochi has a capacity of 70 kWh and a 42 kW power output and can charge an EV in just two hours for a cruising range up to 600km.

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The compact robot will be commercially available starting in June, when EV drivers will also be able to book charging services using the Mochi app.

Once a charging session is booked, drivers can leave their cars and the robot will locate the vehicle with its precise location-sensing technology and charge the car automatically. To ensure the battery’s safety, Mochi’s system will conduct real-time monitoring and complete a comprehensive inspection.

“Mochi is an intelligent charging assistant for electric cars and will be a partner for everyone in the net-zero future,” CEO of Envision Group Zhang Lei said.

“The smart device is also a link that brings green power to people’s day-to-day lives and allows everyone to embrace a net-zero life in advance,” he added.

Founded by Zhang in 2007 and headquartered in Shanghai, Envision is primarily a designer and operator of smart wind turbines and energy management software. It operates R&D and engineering centers across China, the United States, Germany, Denmark, Singapore and Japan.

The company has installed more than 2,400 wind turbines globally, in addition to providing software used in over 6,000 wind turbines in North America, Europe, Latin America and China.

In March, Envision announced that it is setting up a 10 billion yuan ($1.52 billion) carbon-neutral technology fund with venture capital firm Sequoia Capital China. The fund will invest in leading tech companies in the global carbon-neutral field and explore more normalized and systematic innovative low-carbon solutions.

The firm also announced on Thursday that it will achieve carbon neutrality in its operations by 2022 and throughout its complete supply chain by 2028.