Electric cars may soon be powered by autonomous “metal snakes”

Electric cars may soon be powered by autonomous “metal snakes”

If you were to take all of the inconveniences that come with owning an electric vehicle and make a list of them, I’m sure having to plug the vehicle into your wall when you come home would be somewhere at the bottom. Nonetheless, this miniscule inconvenience is still an inconvenience, which is why Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to announce that Tesla Motors has the solution.

Tesla vehicles can charged by either plugging them into a wall outlet using an adaptor, which is the most common option, or by quickly juicing them up at one of the automaker’s “supercharger” stations that’re scattered across North America and Europe. However, Musk expressed his dissatisfaction with the first option and promised that the adapter would automatically hook itself up to Tesla vehicles in the near future.

“Something I’d like to do, which I think many of our engineers will be hearing this in real-time, is have the charge connector plug itself in, articulating sort of like a snake, like ‘Metal Gear Solid’ or something,” said Musk during the unveiling of the upcoming Dual Motor All Wheel Drive Model S and autopilot feature.

This kind of outlandish feature is exactly the kind of thing that we’ve come to expect from Elon Musk, who has a well-deserved reputation for bold and innovative ideas. Even as the company continues to work on the upcoming Model X, Tesla has been improving the technology of its existing vehicles. This “metal snake”, which is expected to be compatible with existing Model S vehicles, is just the latest of these improvements.

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