PLUG Charging has announced a rapid, mobile off-grid solution suitable for fleets and individuals that will allow people without a charging point to charge their vehicles anywhere, even if the driver is not present.
The service allows the vehicle charging point to be accessed via the connected car technology meaning the owner does not have to be present at the time of charging. The mobile chargers utilise off-grid green hydrogen and other green fuels with an onboard power generation system.
The power is supplied off-grid via mobile vans, which operate like an EV charge delivery service, allowing people to charge their vehicles at their convenience.
Unlike other EV charging solutions that typically boost charge by 20 to 30 miles, the PLUG Charging solution is reported to be able to charge from zero per cent up to 80 per cent of battery capacity within 30 minutes.
The power generated by each mobile unit can charge at a speed of up to 130kwh and will itself only require refuelling once a day. This system will be supported by an app, allowing people to order charge for their EV in the same way they would order a taxi.
Jarrad Morris, CEO of PLUG Charging said: “This technology is a game-changer for electric vehicle owners. Our mobile service means that people can charge quickly, conveniently and more sustainably than ever before, giving off-grid or low-grid capacity locations or people without off-road parking the ability to charge at their house. Not only that, but it allows roadside recovery to service electric vehicles, events and locations to address seasonal demands. This new addition to rapid charging infrastructure means more availability of charge and the potential for longer journeys, thus increasing the viability for electric vehicles.”
He continued: “Just like the widely accepted food delivery services – we are able to deliver convenience to customers. We’re delivering electricity to where it is needed, all booked via our app. Customers can leave their vehicle parked outside their house or apartment and return to a fully charged vehicle without needing to give anyone access. We hope the convenience of this solution will grow electric vehicle adoption exponentially and make electric vehicles a viable choice for everyone, regardless of their living arrangements and access to charging.”
The company, which launched in the UK in 2022 and has already attracted investment, is set to roll out the new technology across a set of pilots in London before launching its consumer solution in January 2023.