Helping cars refuel and charge, the new track of robots has broad prospects

At the beginning of this year, Sinopec jointly established Yijiayou Intelligent robot Co., Ltd., with a registered capital of 100 million yuan. It can be seen from the name that this time Sinopec is vigorously entering the field of intelligent Robots, and it is likely to make refueling robots and replace them with robots. Humans come to refuel the cars.

In fact, Sinopec has also been prepared. In September 2021, Sinopec will operate the first domestic intelligent refueling robot at the gas station. This robot can accurately identify the color, shape, size, position, and opening method of the fuel tank cap of different vehicles. , It takes only 180 seconds to complete refueling independently, without contact during the whole process, bringing users a new and convenient “smart unmanned refueling” experience.

In addition, Yikilometer Intelligence has also recently launched a refueling robot arm with Zhejiang Hi-Speed ​​Petroleum. This robot arm is equipped with an artificial intelligence “self-learning algorithm”. Accurate recognition of the structure of the fuel tank cap can be continuously learned and trained, and eventually the recognition rate can be further increased, which is expected to be close to 100%.

In terms of charging, Energy Chain Smart Electric has recently launched a self-developed charging robot. Based on innovative technology, the charging robot has the functions of one-click ordering, automatic car search, precise parking, automatic gun charging, automatic driving away, and automatic homing. For functions and services such as energy replenishment, waterproof and shockproof, as long as you place an order with one button on your mobile phone, the “charger” will automatically find it, avoiding the problem of difficult queues for charging.

Thanks to the explosive growth of new energy vehicles, intelligent mobile charging robots have a bright future and have become the track pursued by many start-ups. For example, EV Safe Charge, a charging technology company in the United States, has also launched a charging robot that can avoid pedestrians on the road It is reported that the charging robot is expected to start mass production this year.

  The market for refueling and charging robots is vast

Cars are an indispensable means of transportation in modern society. The number of cars in the world continues to grow every year, and China is a big country with cars. The number of cars has been the number one in the world for many years. The car ownership will increase from 56.97 million in 2007 to 417 million in 2022, which is significantly higher than the growth rate of global car ownership in the same period.

At the same time, under the dual effects of policy and market in recent years, the number of new energy vehicles in China has also continued to grow explosively. According to data, in 2022, the production and sales of new energy vehicles in China will be 7.058 million and 6.887 million, respectively, a year-on-year increase of 96.9% And 93.4%. By the end of 2022, the number of new energy vehicles in the country has reached 13.1 million.

Such a huge number of vehicles, as well as the ever-growing number of new energy vehicles, have spawned a huge refueling and charging market. According to data, there are currently about 125,000 gas stations in my country, and 5.2 million charging facilities, a year-on-year With an increase of nearly 100% last year, the demand for charging facilities continues to grow.

With the increase in the number of new energy vehicles, the demand for gasoline will indeed become lower and lower, but the speed is not as fast as we imagined. Robots for refueling cars still have considerable prospects.

The data shows that in the first half of 2022, the number of gas stations of Sinopec and PetroChina was 30,740 and 22,619 respectively. Compared with 2021, the number of gas stations changed by only +0.05% and -0.79%. The reason is that the current automobile market is not saturated, and the annual car ownership is still increasing, and the growth of fuel vehicles is even greater.

According to the paper “China’s New Energy Vehicle Development and Its Long-term Trend Forecast on the Impact on Gasoline Demand” published by China Petroleum Planning Institute, it is estimated that by 2035, 2040, and 2050, China will need 104,000 gas stations, 81,000 seats and 37,000 seats, between 2026 and 2035, and 2035 and 2045, the average annual declines will be 2.5% and 5.6%, respectively, and will drop to less than half of the current level by 2045.

In recent years, the country has vigorously promoted the green and low-carbon development strategy. The oil and gas industry is also facing unprecedented pressure. The competition in the industry has intensified. Competitiveness.

In terms of charging, although the number of domestic charging piles is growing rapidly, problems such as long waiting times still exist, and problems such as irregular market operations, inadequate facility maintenance, and unsecured safety issues are becoming increasingly prominent. Using smart mobile charging Robots can effectively solve these problems.

The “Research Report on the Digitalization of the Charging Pile Industry” issued by the People’s Data Research Institute pointed out that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and others strongly support the construction of charging piles, and digitalization has become a key direction. With the in-depth integration of digital technologies, “charging piles” can be used as data interfaces to realize large-scale networking, and use the advantages of scale, integration, dataization, and networking to create “vehicle-pile-grid-internet-value-added services” The smart charging network expands various business models and realizes a virtuous cycle of economic and social benefits.

After years of development, my country has preliminarily established the entire Industrial ecological chain of robots. The application fields of robots continue to expand, spanning the primary, secondary, and tertiary industries in breadth, and empowering countless application scenarios in thousands of industries in depth, and continuously promoting digital upgrades. Today, robot + application has endless opportunities waiting to be tapped.

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