The start of the new decade has undoubtedly taken many by surprise for more reasons than one. From recent technological advancements to a billionaire’s space race, if there is one thing these past two years have shown, it is futurism, resilience, and innovation.
Within these new advancements comes a device that can potentially alter the world of electric vehicles for good: a portable charger.
A Deterrent for Potential EV Owners
Electric vehicles have seen a fairly steady rise in sales throughout the past decade. Touted as an eco-friendlier alternative, these automobiles have advanced significantly since their increase in popularity at the turn of the century.
The United States Department of Energy attributes the growth of EVs to both Tesla and Toyota who, in the early 2000s, were among the few automobile manufacturers dabbling with an alternative to fossil fuels.
When, in 2006, Tesla announced that their luxury electric vehicle would run for a total of 200 miles before being recharged, many were in awe at this accomplishment. Though some weren't impressed with this distance, others believed this was an advancement worth celebrating, especially for an electric vehicle in the early 2000s.
Even though both Toyota and Tesla had slower starts in this realm, their eventual - and quick- growth created a ripple effect of other manufacturers scrambling to produce their versions of a hybrid or fully electric vehicle.
As EVs continued to ebb and flow throughout the 2010s, many have still questioned their practicality due to the charging requirements. As a result, more and more charging stations have popped up around the country, in addition to manufacturers trying to extend their car range and create a portable charger.
Today, Tesla's Roadster can travel roughly 600 miles before needing a charging break. More affordable electric vehicles, such as the VW ID3, come in at approximately 300 miles.
Nonetheless, these charging stations are still lacking in some parts of the United States, making EVs not practical for all individuals. An attempt to prolong milage and implement more stations has helped, though the discrepancy is still worth addressing.
Calming the Nerves
In comes ZipCharge Go, a new way to top off your EV while on the move. The charger is expected to release to customers late next year in the United Kingdom and will give drivers the freedom and efficiency of a portable charger small enough to fit in the vehicle's rear trunk.
The product will be one of the first of its kind to be released and is undoubtedly a welcome sign for EV drivers around the globe.
The portable charger only takes 30-60 minutes to charge the vehicle and can provide an extra 20-40 miles of range, just enough to get to your next charging station. Another plus side? The charger can be recharged using a typical wall outlet and comes with geofencing and 4G capabilities in case of theft.
EV drivers who prefer to purchase only the most aesthetically pleasing car accessories will have the option to customize their portable charger by color. Further, it is comprised of recycled plastic and aluminum, making it relatively durable.
Though ZipCharge Go has yet to publish the price of the portable charger, the company has said it will "only cost the same as a fully installed home charger." This means the device could cost anywhere from $600-$2100. If that figure isn’t a fit for everyone, the company is also expected to offer the charger on a subscription basis starting at roughly $70 per a month. Regardless of which option users choose, the added safety net of the portable charger is a compelling point for many.
The announcement comes at a time when other companies are aiming to release a similar solution to charging EVs on the go. News of ZipCharge Go's upcoming product will most likely further encourage these competitors to continue streamlining their own projects. Because of this, we can expect the coming decade to be filled with significant advances in EV charging.
Over time, this added competition, coupled with growing consumer demand, will yield an even more advanced and capable portable charger. Who knows? In the future, there could be a portable charger that has the capability to fully recharge an EV in one fell swoop, allowing more accessibility to these automobiles than ever before.
One thing is certain: this announcement is a positive one for the realm of electric vehicles. As many in the world are desperately advocating for more sustainable goods and services, news like this provides hope for a future no longer reliant on fossil fuels.