Mobility startup ZipCharge has an idea on how to address the anxiety of getting stranded with a dead battery when driving an electric car.
Take the power with you.
The UK company has created a portable, bi-directional power bank that looks like a piece of wheeled luggage for a weekend getaway.
The ZipCharge Go, which weighs 22.7 kg (50 pounds), will be offered in 4- and 8-kilowatt-hour capacities. It provides 32 to 64 km (20 to 40 miles) of range in 30 to 60 minutes to any plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle with a Type 2 socket.
Company co-founder Jonathan Carrier said the Go will cost 1,000 to 2,000 pounds ($1,300 to $2,660), which he said is comparable with a fully installed Level 2 home charge point.
ZipCharge will also offer the Go via a monthly subscription that starts at 49 pounds ($65) a month.
The portable charger will be launched in the UK and Europe followed by Asia and North America.