- Device in the format of a rolling suitcase stores 4 to 8 kWh – enough for most commuting trips
- Image gallery: ZipCharge Go (portable charging station)
Device in the format of a rolling suitcase stores 4 to 8 kWh – enough for most commuting trips
A power bank for charging of the electric car: The British manufacturer ZipCharge wants to realize this idea with its Go. Depending on the version, the device stores four to eight kilowatt hours. Assuming the car's power consumption is 18 kWh / 100 km, the largest version is enough for around 40 kilometers – enough for most commuting between home and work.
ZipCharge recommends the Go to those electric car and PHEV drivers who do not have their own garage with a wallbox. The device is the size of a rolling suitcase, the manufacturer does not provide any information on the weight. You charge the Go in the apartment at the normal household socket. This also has the advantage that you can use household electricity, which is usually cheaper than electricity from the public charging station.
Image gallery: ZipCharge Go (portable charging station)
With the help of the pull-out handle, the power bank can then be rolled to the vehicle. After the start of the charging process, the charging cable is locked so that passers-by cannot pull it out. Apparently it is charged with 7.2 kW.
The ZipCharge Go is not intended to be used as an emergency nail in the event that the electric car breaks down, but that is also possible, because the Go can be stowed in the trunk without any problems – as an equivalent to the reserve canister, so to speak, which used to be always with many combustion cars.
Technically, the ZipCharge Go is based on an NMC battery, i.e. the cathode consists of lithium metal oxides of nickel, manganese and cobalt. The built-in inverter converts the alternating current from the socket into direct current and vice versa. In this way, the device can not only draw power from the socket, but also feed power back into the grid (bidirectional charging). This means that in the future, energy could be drawn off at times of low electricity prices and fed back into the grid during peak load times.
An integrated communication module supports OCPP-compliant intelligent charging, over-the-air updates, remote diagnostics and also offers "geofencing and tracking technology for more security and serenity" – apparently to help locate a stolen device.
The integrated mobile radio interface enables the Go to be monitored remotely via an app and charging processes to be planned. The built-in artificial intelligence (AI) even gives tips on the best time to charge in order to avoid peak load times.
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Whoever buys the device can expect a price that is comparable to the cost of a wallbox, according to the manufacturer. Alternatively, you can get the Go as a subscription for 57 euros per month. There is also a fee for the AI functionality. The ZipCharge Go is still under development, but it should be delivered from the fourth quarter of 2022.
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