Tesla shows off “solid metal snake” for automated Model S charging
Tesla has offered the first look at the robotic snake that may someday mean Model S owners won’t have to worry about forgetting to charge the car at home.
The prototype for the accessory Elon Musk describes as a “solid metal snake” was shown off within a tweet on Thursday.
The 37-second video, which you can see below, shows the snake bending and weaving its way to a Model S charging port and then plugging itself in.
Musk has previously claimed his snake will also be available for the forthcoming Model X SUV and the yet-to-be-revealed, more affordable Model 3.
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Before pressing ahead with the as-yet-unnamed snake, the firm had trialled a battery-swap scheme that allowed drivers to simply replace the cells at designated locations, rather than wait for them to recharge.
Other firms are experimenting with wireless-charging possibilities for electric cars, but Tesla hasn’t revealed any such plans yet.
Whether the company plans to make the robotic charging solution a consumer product remains to be seen, but the prototype looks rather cool – if a little terrifying.