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Development of an Automatic Charger for ICVS City Pal

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.12 No.1


An inductive charger and automatic connecting unit have been developed to charge the two-seater electric vehicle “ICVS City Pal”. Inductive charge coupling is accomplished in just one action, that is, by placing a convex cylinder shaped inductive charge coupler into a concave shaped inlet. The automatic connecting unit employs a multi-joint robot arm structure to smoothly connect the unit to the City Pal regardless of slight variations in stopping position.


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Author (organization or company)

Akiyoshi YAMAMOTO(Tochigi R&D Center)、Kiyotaka HAYASHI(Tochigi R&D Center)、Toshiaki TAKIZAWA(Asaka Higashi R&D Center)、Kenji UCHIBORI(Tochigi R&D Center)、Hiromichi IMAI(Tochigi R&D Center)、Toshihiro SONE(Tochigi R&D Center)

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