Tesla's Creepy Snakebot Charges Cars, Freaks Out Car Owners


Electric vehicles are easy to charge but Elon Musk, the visionary CEO of Tesla Motors, wants to make the chore even simpler. Tesla's “snakebot” battery charger is certainly hands-free but who could sleep peacefully knowing a sentient metal tentacle is lurking in your garage?

OK, maybe we're overreacting but we've seen the video of the charger in action – you check out the full 37-second version here. As far as likening the charger to some sort of scary critter, well, if Elon Musk can do it, so can we.

In December of 2014, Musk tweeted to his followers that Tesla was developing a car charger “that automatically moves out from the wall and connects like a solid metal snake. For realz.”




He wasn't kidding either, though we wish he was. Assuming the video really was “for realz”, the charger somehow senses the approach of a Tesla vehicle, prompts it to flip open its charger outlet cover, and makes the connection unguided by human hands.

No need to comment, Musk spoke for us all when he tweeted “Tesla Snakebot autocharger prototype. Does seem kinda wrong :)” Kinda? Hey, only if it's used inappropriately and we all know THAT's not gonna happen, right? RIGHT??

We won't have to worry about Terminator Tentacle Robo-Snakes for a while: the design is still being tested to work out the bugs – OMG, it's infested with bugs! Whew, we're a little freaked out but can you blame us? Consider it the shock of the new. Someday stuff like the Tesla Snakebot will be commonplace: Tesla foresees them being installed in the car-maker's 487 (and counting) nationwide Supercharger stations for your convenience... and theirs. (via The Washington Post)