Mobile EV charging robot aims to overcome charging anxiety – IoT World Today

“Charging-as-a-Service” model to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations

A Los Angeles company has developed a mobile charging robot it says will end the “range anxiety” of EV drivers while freeing up parking spots currently dedicated to EV chargers.

The robot, ZiGGY, will expand the availability of electric vehicle charging by enabling virtually any parking space to become a charging station, the company says, Safe electric vehicle charging. Four-wheeled robots will allow owners, from hoteliers to residential owners to parking lot operators, to provide EV charging without the expensive electrical infrastructure used at traditional stations, according to EV Safe.

“Strong EV sales and emissions reduction targets are creating a more sustainable future, but EV charging infrastructure is not keeping up,” said EV Safe Charge Founder and CEO Caradoc Ehrenhalt. “ZiGGY is a flexible and simple solution for virtually any office, mall or apartment complex to meet the growing charging needs of its tenants and guests without costly and time-consuming investment in infrastructure and installation, if at all possible. . In many cases, especially in older buildings, adding EV chargers is not an option until now. »

The robot, which looks like a large cabinet on wheels, can be summoned to a parking space via a mobile app or an in-car infotainment system. Hailing ZiGGY before a driver arrives has the added benefit of reserving the spot, notes EV Safe Charge.

After charging, ZiGGY can be used by another driver or returned to base to recharge from grid, battery, solar or a combination of the three. If no infrastructure is available to recharge ZiGGY, the unit can be removed from site to be recharged.

EV Safe Charge plans to lease ZiGGY under a “charging as a service” model, offering ongoing technical support and maintenance. Facility operators can either ask drivers to pay for the service through the app or provide it for free as equipment. Digital screens outside of ZiGGY can display personalized information, as well as advertisements for an additional revenue stream.

EV Safe plans to begin production of ZiGGY in 2023 and is currently taking reservations. Several sites have already signed up, including Holiday Inn Express in Redwood City, California; Opera Plaza in San Francisco and The William Vale luxury hotel in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.

“We created ZiGGY in response to the growing demand for flexible electric vehicle charging solutions from our customers and to help support the global transition to a cleaner, greener, all-electric future of mobility,” added Ehrenhalt. “By helping drivers overcome charging anxiety, one of the barriers to mass EV adoption, ZiGGY is improving the EV charging experience for everyone.”

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