ZipCharge introduced a new one EV The charging solution is designed to accelerate the growth of the UK’s charging infrastructure, known as GoHub. The new product is a stationary station that holds up to ten of the brand’s portable Go electric vehicle chargers, and ZipCharge claims that the GoHub is three times cheaper than a typical Level 2 device.
GoHub is also three times faster to install, which ZipCharge hopes will rapidly grow the country’s charging network. The company offers a subscription service for electric vehicle owners to use the product, but customers can also rent a station or buy a station outright. The smallest GoHub holds five portable charging banks, with the larger unit holding ten.
The GoHub is compact enough to fit in a standard parking space, but sidewalk installation is also an option. ZipCharge allows publicly shared access to its power reserves, with users pre-ordering one using the app. When approaching the station, the correct compartment door opens automatically, allowing the backup battery to be removed and redirected to a vehicle for charging.
The small suitcase-sized Go power banks included in the GoHub are made from reusable batteries and feature a retractable handle for portability. Users can plug in the Go’s charging port to provide up to 20 miles of extra range in about 30 minutes, for a 4kWh charge that costs £1.
The GoHub can also be specified with mobile device chargers, rainwater harvesters and Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, along with wind turbines for renewable energy production. The ability to charge e-bikes and scooters is also offered as an option.
ZipCharge co-founder Jonathan Carrier predicts that GoHub will replace standard home chargers by the end of the decade, due to the product’s versatility. “We have the bold ambition of deploying 100,000 GoHubs globally by 2030 to support electric vehicle charging, local grid resilience and energy democracy,” he said.
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