Amazon patents a drone that will charge electric vehicles on the move
Amazon has been granted another drone-related patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office (UPTO). This time, it has come up with an idea for a drone that can recharge electric vehicles – while they are on the move. The patent, which was published by the USPTO on 3 October, shows a number of methods by which the drones can be attached to electric vehicles. After it has finished recharging the electric vehicle, the drone flies back to a drone station – where its own batteries can be recharged ahead of its next call-out.
The average time between charges has been one of the limiting factors for electric vehicle usage. But has also been a issue for flying drones too. Indeed, drones have an even more limited battery capacity – so this is not a perfect solution.