This new patent could revolutionize the market as Apple would play hard in a sector that is underdeveloped so far
The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently published a number of Apple patents related to his lost Project Titan and intended to recharge electric car batteries. One of them is titled “Charging station with passive alignment mechanism for vehicles“.
It is a charging post that would allow it to be installed in any garage, according to Apple, and also the vehicle is charged thanks to a longitudinal translation mechanism without the need to manipulate it.
According to the patent and the drawings included therein, this ‘passive’ charging station can be installed in any garage.
According to the patent and the drawings included therein, this charging station ‘passive‘can be installed in any garage and allows the car charging point to slide over the charger when parking.
The systems and methods described in the patent show how an electric vehicle could connect to a charging station no manual connection by an operator. Structures on the side of the vehicle, including a cargo compartment, align with the charging socket when driving the vehicle, either under manual control or under autonomous control.
The charging station for electric cars includes a passive alignment mechanism that includes a longitudinal translation allowing movement in the longitudinal direction, a charging plug connected to the passive alignment mechanism and a releasable connector.
The releasable connector is shock resistant. movement of the longitudinal translation stage in a connected position when the magnitude of an external force applied in the longitudinal direction is below a threshold.
Further, Apple envisions more advanced implementations of the system in which the connector could magnetically connect to the port without user intervention.
Mirai second generation
The Japanese brand once again invested in this model and launched the new Toyota Mirai 2020, second generation, the hydrogen car manufactured under a new platform and with an autonomy enlarged up 650 kilometers.
Sales of this car have been very limited, nail 11,000 units. It is not surprising knowing its starting price, which reaches the 80.000 euros. Now the Japanese manufacturer presents this new Mirai that will arrive with a starting price 20% lower. These are its characteristics.
The 2020 Mirai is slightly longer than the first model and with an appearance reminiscent of the Lexus LS. The car has an aesthetic more luxurious and with more space. The saloon is now about 10 centimeters longer and lower, reaching 1.47 meters in height, width of 2.92 meters and a length of 4,975 meters.
Toyota offers a car Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV), with fuel cell technology and where it is committed to the new GA-L platform, which completely redesigns the components and the position of the battery to reduce the total weight of the vehicle.
This new platform is also responsible for Toyota to locate up to 30% more space to add hydrogen, which allows the vehicle’s range to be increased in the same proportion and to reach 650 kilometers of autonomy.
The Mirai 2020 is a vehicle that can now accommodate up to 5 passengers, it has rear wheel drive and larger wheels, 19 and 20 inches, are used. In almost all respects, this is a second generation that vastly improves on what we initially saw met with the first Mirai.
But in addition, this second generation goes from 154 hp to 180 CV, with a torque of 300 Nm, allowing you to reach a maximum speed of 175 km / h.