Due to the perils of climate change, automakers are bolstering their electric vehicle lineups now more than ever. While the EV-centric paradigm shift is undoubtedly better for the planet, there are many obstacles that get in the way of full-scale adoption of EVs, namely accessibility. Thankfully, ZipCharge has introduced a groundbreaking portable charger that aims to make owning an EV easier for everyone, the ZipCharge Go.
One of the large obstacles that keep people from being able to adopt EVs is the lack of charging options. Around 40% of households can’t charge at home because they don’t have off-street parking or they rent. This lack of accessibility leaves people with one option: public charging, which is both inconvenient and expensive. Keeping this inequity in mind, the folks at ZipCharge created a powerbank that could be brought to the car. The ZipCharge Go is a portable EV powerbank that is the size of a suitcase. In fact, much like a rolling suitcase, the ZipCharge Go has wheels for easy transport and can be charged from any electrical socket. Depending on the Go’s capacity and the vehicle, the ZipCharge Go can provide your EV with up to 40 miles of range. You may not be able to drive cross country with that, but you’ll certainly be able to tackle your daily commute. And that was the goal that ZipCharge had while designing their powerbank. Quick-charging is also a hallmark of the ZipCharge Go as it can fully charge your EV in around 30-60 minutes. Moreover, the ZipCharge Go can plug into any hybrid car or EV that has a standard Type 2 plug.
As if these specs weren’t enticing enough, you can control your ZipCharge Go through its Go app that auto-schedules charging at the lowest cost and provides status updates. ZipCharge has yet to give a release date for the Go, but they will eventually offer the chargers for outright purchase or lease them for around $67 a month.