RAC deliver roadside boost for EV drivers with lightweight charging unit
New EV charging kit to give a ten-mile boost for batteries – The electric equivalent of a fuel top-up to get motorists on their way.
With the current push on electric vehicles in the fleet market and among consumers more generally, the RAC has developed the first EV-charger system to be used at roadside.
The EV charging unit, which is integrated into the new generation of patrol vans, is capable of providing a ten mile power boost to stranded EV drivers, from one of its standard orange roadside rescue vans.
The power boost is the EV equivalent of a fuel top-up in a diesel or petrol vehicle and is designed to give motorists enough power to get on their way - in a matter of minutes.
As the scale of EV ownership continues to grow over coming years, particularly among company car fleets and the delivery sector, RAC is ready to support customers’ needs at the roadside, however their vehicles are powered in the future.
The first six Ford Transit Custom patrol vans equipped with the new EV generators are taking to the roads in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh and will be rolled-out to areas of high demand.
The RAC will be demonstrating how the new charging unit works at the Commercial Vehicle Show from April 30 to May 2, where the EV patrol van will take centre stage on stand 5A45, Hall 5, NEC Birmingham.
RAC head of roadside rescue innovation Chris Millward said: “With nothing like it on the market the real challenge was to develop a mobile EV-charge system which is compact and light enough to fit in to 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.
“The number of electric vehicles on the road will grow rapidly in the next few years, in particular we are seeing increased interest and take-up from business and fleet managers, so it is critical that we have an effective mobile power source for these cars in an emergency giving EV-owners complete peace of mind. The new mobile EV-charger has also been well received by our manufacturer partners.
“We also expect it will help address any anxiety potential EV buyers have about the current charging infrastructure and vehicle range.
“The RAC is constantly looking to evolve and invest in technology to meet the changing needs of drivers and their modern vehicles, and this EV-charger fits perfectly with this strategy.”
The RAC EV-mobile charger works with all Type 1 and Type 2 connections ensuring it will charge 99% of electric vehicles on UK roads today.