The RAC has developed an EV boost system, which it says is the first lightweight mobile electric vehicle charger capable of giving stranded out-of-charge cars a power boost from one of its standard orange roadside rescue vans.
The first six Ford Transit Custom patrol vans equipped with the new EV generators – powered by an additional alternator fitted to each van – will take to the roads in June in London, Birmingham and Manchester and will be rolled-out to areas with high call-outs.
The RAC EV Boost charger works with all Type 1 and Type 2 connections ensuring it will charge 99 per cent of electric vehicles on UK roads today.
RAC head of roadside rescue innovation Chris Millward said: “Our solution enables our patrols to help stranded EV drivers at the roadside with a power boost, equivalent to a top-up from a fuel can for a petrol or diesel car, to get them on their way again.
“With nothing like it on the market the real challenge was to develop a mobile EV-charger system which is compact and light enough to fit into our normal patrol vehicles without compromising on space so we can still carry all the normal parts and tools to help our patrols continue to fix four out of five vehicles at the roadside.
“The number of electric vehicles on the road will grow rapidly in the next few years, in particular we are seeing increased interest and take-up from business and fleet managers, so it is critical that we have an effective mobile power source for these cars in an emergency giving EV-owners complete peace of mind.
The new EV Boost system uses a generator permanently fitted to the 1.9 litre Euro 6 diesel engine, the power produced is passed through an invertor to give an out-of-charge electric vehicle a boost.
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