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A British technology firm has revealed a first-of-its-kind portable EV charger, aimed at electric car owners that can't plug in at home.

The ZipCharge Go is a suitcase-sized charger set to go on sale in 2022. It has enough battery capacity to provide an electric car with up to 20 miles of range, which the firm claims is enough for the average UK driving commute.

Charging a car with the device takes around 30 minutes, after which the Go can be plugged into a domestic 3-pin socket to recharge.

While charging, the unit is locked to the car via the Type 2 cable, and features both geofencing and device tracking for added security. Built-in 4G support allows for remote monitoring and charge scheduling.

The power bank also includes a bi-directional AC/DC inverter for two-way charging, similar to vehicle-to-grid (V2G) functionality, allowing it to store power while prices are low and return it to the grid during peak times.

The unit is built around an aluminium spaceframe, with an outer shell built from recycled plastic which can be personalised with a range of colours and finishes to match the owner's EV. Built-in handles and wheels allow for easy transportation, and the sealed design is safe to use in all weather conditions. The company is aiming to use entirely recycled materials by the second half of the decade.

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Matt Chester on Jul 12, 2022

An interesting way to ease some of the range anxiety-- I often plug in more than I have to for fear I'll unexpectedly get caught in traffic and my expected range will get depleted, but I guess the usefulness factor may come down to how much it actually costs to have and maintain in your car with you. 

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Gary Tansley on Jul 12, 2022

Yes this could be a game changer for range anxiety. If you had this in your car you would feel happier in case of an emergency or like you say caught in traffic. I think it is a great idea. Just like having a spare petrol can in the car!!

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Daniel Duggan on Jul 12, 2022

Carrying around a suitcase sized additional battery in the cars trunk. And if its not carried in the trunk, what use will it be when the EV driver runs out of power?  Is this a late April's fool joke?  Can't see any actually being purchased by private car owners, if they are ever released for manufacture.  People who can not manage an EV's limited range should rather stick with fossil fuel pending the arrival of 1000km (600 mile) EVs which is sure to happen within the coming decade.  You might think this judgement is a bit harsh, but better to call it like it is.

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