Rivian has filed a patent software for what it believes might be the answer for charging in congested areas. Dubbed pass-through charging, the system may allow vehicle-to-vehicle charging utilizing a single energy supply.
The US Patent And Trademark Workplace (USPTO) revealed Rivian’s patent software on June 22, 2023, which the automaker initially filed on December 22, 2021.
The system is configured to “switchably present electrical energy to a battery system and an exterior system, similar to one other battery system, from a single charging system or different electrical energy supply,” as per the patent software.
With the assistance of a switching system put in within the EVs, energy will be directed to a charging output coupling, which may in flip cost a secondary automobile close by, primarily changing the EV into an extension twine.
The patent software additionally showcases drawings of Mixed Charging Normal (CCS) connectors, indicating that AC or DC charging strategies can be utilized. There’s no indication if this technique will ever enter manufacturing, nevertheless it exhibits Rivian’s resolution for potential future charging issues when EVs turn out to be mainstream.
The system may additionally assist homeowners with a number of EVs parked in congested garages. As a substitute of shuffling the EVs round, they might merely plug within the automobile nearest to the charger, and use a connector to plug within the second EV.
Early this yr, Rivian filed a patent for an air-conditioned EV charger, which may blow sizzling or cool air beneath the automobile to assist the battery attain an excellent charging temperature, reasonably than counting on sucking in ambient air which might be too chilly or too sizzling.
The journey EV start-up joined the North American Charging Normal (NACS) coalition final month, saying that each the R1T electrical truck and the R1S electrical SUV can be out there with a NACS adaptor from 2024, and are available fitted with a built-in NACS connector 2025 onwards.
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