RAC launches ‘journey-saving’ electric car charger

The RAC has developed a lightweight mobile EV charger, designed to provide stranded electric motorists with a boost to the nearest charger

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The RAC has produced a ‘journey saving’ lightweight mobile electric car charger, designed to provide stranded electric motorists with enough range to limp to the nearest charging station. The system has been fitted to a fleet of Ford Transit Custom patrol vehicles and will be rolled out in June across London, Birmingham and Manchester.

The mobile charger was developed in collaboration with the RAC and the engineering firm Original Ltd, and is capable of delivering a ‘top-up’ roadside charge from a standard Euro 6 diesel van. It works with Type 1 and Type 2 electric car chargers, allowing it to charge almost every electric vehicle on UK roads.

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Stranded electric vehicles present a particular challenge, as many cannot be towed normally without causing damage to the car’s electric motor. If an electric car runs out of range on a busy city street, it’s difficult to move without the assistance of a flat-bed truck and will likely cause congestion.

Chris Millward, the RAC’s Head of Roadside Rescue Innovation, 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.

“We expect it will help address the anxiety some potential EV buyers have about the current charging infrastructure and vehicle range.”

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