RAC Takes The Fight To Range Anxiety With Mobile Chargers
The RAC is looking to help tackle ‘range anxiety’ with its new mobile chargers. They’ll utilise the UK’s first lightweight charging technologies.
Preempting the highly anticipated mass-adoption of electric vehicles, the RAC is looking to speed up the process. One of the greatest obstacles standing between motorists and the clean vehicles is range anxiety. This is the fear that drivers will be unable to reach their destination on a full charge. Whilst the overall range of electric vehicles in increasing, they still fall short of petrols and diesels. The UK’s charging infrastructure is still, despite improvements, woefully inadequate to allow for a full transition. This is where the RAC’s mobile chargers step in.
Making Charging Mobile
The RAC has developed EV mobile chargers in collaboration with automotive engineering company Original Ltd. They claim it can quickly provide a ‘top-up’ charge at the roadside, meaning the vehicle can safely reach a proper charging station. This is important as most EVs can’t simply be towed; requiring all four wheels to be raised from the ground. The mobile chargers will use a generator permanently fitted to RAC response vans’ Euro 6 diesel engines. Power they produce will pass out via an invertor to be used by the chargers at the roadside. Initially, just six vans will be fitted with the new tech. These will take to the nation’s roads in London, Birmingham and Manchester in June. Around 99% of electric vehicles will be compatible with the chargers according to the RAC.
‘Nothing Like It’
Chris Millward, the RAC’s Head of Roadside Rescue, explained the new technology. He said, “our solution enables our patrols to help stranded EV drivers at the roadside with a power boost, equivalent to a top-up from a fuel can for a petrol or diesel car, to get them on their way again.” He added, “with nothing like it on the market the real challenge was to develop a mobile EV-charger system which is compact and light enough to fit into our normal patrol vehicles without compromising on space so we can still carry all the normal parts and tools to help our patrols continue to fix four out of five vehicles at the roadside.”
Melanie Shufflebotham, Co-Founder of Zap-Map, an interactive map of the nation’s charging infrastructure, welcomed the new chargers. She said, ‘it’s great to see the RAC leading the way and introducing this new mobile EV charging system to its fleet of vans. Whilst the UK public charging network already has over 14,000 public charge points and is growing at a rapid rate, this service will give electric car drivers additional confidence as they plan longer electric journeys.’
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