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

RAC charger

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.

Best breakdown cover

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.”

What are your thoughts on the RAC’s mobile electric car charger? Let us know in the comments section below…

Most Popular

Cupra Born vs Mercedes EQA vs Volvo C40 Recharge: 2021 group test review
Cupra Born vs Mercedes EQA vs Volvo C40 Recharge
Car group tests

Cupra Born vs Mercedes EQA vs Volvo C40 Recharge: 2021 group test review

The all-electric Volvo C40 Recharge meets another premium wannabe in the Cupra Born. But can they beat the super-posh new Mercedes EQA?
19 Oct 2021
Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911
Porsche 911
Porsche 911 Coupe

Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911

How perfect timing led a Porsche 911 fanatic to buy back his old car
14 Oct 2021
New 2022 Honda e:NP1 and e:NS1 electric SUVs revealed with 311-mile ranges
Honda e:NP1 - front
Honda

New 2022 Honda e:NP1 and e:NS1 electric SUVs revealed with 311-mile ranges

Duo of new Honda electric SUVs revealed for China, but European spec car could follow
15 Oct 2021