'Power to the people': Portable electric car chargers to make charging 'more convenient'

ZipCharge Go will provide drivers with up to 20 miles of range, providing sufficient range for the average daily commute in just over 30 minutes. The portable charger can be neatly stored in the boot of the car or at home and can be used in all normal weather conditions like a normal fixed electric car charge point.

ZipCharge is looking to democratise vehicle charging with the creation of the compact, portable EV charger, allowing drivers to charge anywhere they park.

Around 65 percent of households in dense metropolitan areas don’t have off-street parking, making it difficult for some drivers to charge.

A massive 89 percent of car buyers have said they would consider purchasing an electric vehicle if they could charge at home.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), in 2021 alone, the UK will register more new EVs than in the years between 2010 and 2019 combined.

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He said: “One of the key barriers to wider uptake of EVs is charging anxiety; the inability to charge near or at home.

“ZipCharge removes that hurdle and in doing so, will democratise EV ownership.

“The Government has talked about wanting to make the UK the Silicon Valley of energy, or clean energy and we want to be at the forefront of that and spearhead the UK’s global drive.

“Our vision is about democratising EV charging. How do we make it easier, more convenient, more accessible to more people at a lower cost?

“We want to give power back to the people.”

The portable charger has integrated 2G/4G connectivity, enabling users to remotely manage their Go charger via the ZipCharge mobile app to monitor the device and schedule charging events so the power pack is always ready for when they need it.

It also has in-built artificial intelligence (AI), allowing ZipCharge to learn the users’ charging patterns and make schedule recommendations to optimise charging at off-peak times, saving money and reducing the load on the grid.

Mr Carrier spoke of how all drivers would be able to benefit from the ZipCharge Go, no matter their driving and parking circumstances.

He continued, saying: “You tend to want to charge where you park and that will either be parking at home or at work.

“We’re setting ourselves up for this two-tier system.

“Those people that have off-street parking and can charge at home and then all of the people who can’t, who live in terraced housing or flats.

“We think there has to be a better way to help people make the switch.”

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