Compact portable EV charger shaped like wheeled suitcase finds new home
ZipCharge specializes in portable EV charging solutions. The company’s latest product is the GoHub, “a community-based solution that can be installed anywhere, at a much lower cost and at a much faster rate, while enabling any parking space to be a charging spot.”
The GoHub hosts multiple ZipCharge Go EV power banks. EV owners will be able to purchase a Go outright, or rent one through the GoHub.
The ZipCharge Go power bank is the size of a wheeled suitcase, and can be charged in a GoHub, at home or elsewhere. The idea is that users wheel it to wherever they’ve parked their EV and plug it into the charging port. ZipCharge says the Go can provide up to 20 miles of range in a little over 30 minutes. It can be stored in the trunk of a car, and can be used in all weather conditions.
The GoHub comes in two variants: a single-sided unit that houses five ZipCharge Go portable power banks, or a double-sided GoHub with ten. Either can fit into a standard parking space, and can be sited close to an existing power connection. Through the GoHub, ZipCharge Go power banks will be available to rent. The user pulls out the charger from its dock inside the GoHub, wheels it to the vehicle and plugs it in. Once finished, the user is notified on their smart phone, then collects the Go and returns it to the bay allocated via the app.
“The ZipCharge Go and the GoHub enable the storage of clean energy, which can then be distributed for a multitude of uses from charging an EV to powering equipment,” said ZipCharge co-founder Jonathan Carrier. “The Go can be used for more than EV charging—it’s a portable energy storage device for personal energy management. We have the bold ambition to deploy 100,000 GoHubs globally by 2030.”
“The Go and the GoHub are integral components of our future energy platform, one that combines hardware, software and distributed energy storage in the home and our public energy points to provide a wide range of energy services,” said ZipCharge co-founder Richie Sibal.