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

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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.

There are currently 600,000 plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) on roads in the UK that could make use of the ZipCharge product.

They unveiled the Go portable charger at COP26 earlier this week, where companies and Governments have been active in trying to agree to measures to lower carbon emissions.

The company aims to use recycled materials when manufacturing all of their chargers by the second half of this decade.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Jonathan Carrier, co-founder of ZipCharge, said he hoped the portable charger would make charging more convenient for the driver.

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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?

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