A current Amazon patent might be a solution to vary nervousness, albeit one which sounds a bit extra sci-fi than sensible resolution for the time being: the newly granted patent (through Roadshow) describes a drone that might carry a battery cost for electrical vehicles, and ship them to any vehicles out on the highway that want them whereas in route, offering sufficient juice to get to a correct charging station.
There’s rather a lot that appears loopy about this patent, nevertheless – together with the truth that drones themselves require quite a lot of tough energy administration to get even restricted flight occasions with light-weight cargo on board. Conserving themselves charged and inside vary of automobiles in want of a top-up may be probably the most difficult facet of the concept total, in reality.
It’s not the one hurdle when it comes to making this factor actual, both; the patent additionally describes a rooftop docking station that the drone can land on to remain linked with the car and supply energy on an ongoing foundation whereas it continues alongside its route. Which means both aftermarket modifications or buy-in from automakers will likely be required to make it occur, too.
For the time being, it’s not a brilliant sensible idea, in different phrases. But it surely has potential, particularly if we get to a future the place EVs are commonplace, as are drone supply companies (one thing Amazon positively is excited by making occur).