Editor’s comment: British startup ZipCharge has unveiled a portable electric car charger that can come in handy in the right situation. I personally see this as a backup or emergency solution, but ZipCharge believes that the best way to charge an EV is when it’s not necessary – refueling wherever you park so you don’t have to wait at the charging station later on. However, I’m not sure what would have prevented a potential thief from approaching your charger if left unattended in such a scenario.
ZipCharge Go is essentially a portable battery similar to what you would use for a smartphone, except that it is designed for an electric vehicle. The company describes it as a “smart charger on wheels,” about the size of a compact suitcase. In accordance with InsideGo weighs in at about 50 pounds.
ZipCharge says the device is compatible with any plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle with a Type 2 socket and can be charged from any standard household outlet. A full charge can provide a range of 20 to 40 miles depending on your EV and can be delivered in 30-60 minutes, depending on capacity and temperature.
The companion smartphone app can be used for cost-effective charging scheduling, status updates, and more.
Full details are still pending, but according to InsideEVs, the units will be available to buy or rent, with the latter starting at around $ 67 per month. The first samples will appear in the 4th quarter of 2022.