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Portable EV charging unit launched

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Charging Solutions has unveiled EVRescue – a portable 4kW or 10kW standalone power source – for electric vehicles (EVs).

The EV unit will remove the need to transport a vehicle which has run out of power via tow-truck to the nearest dealership or re-charging point – saving both time and expense.

Last week, the Department of Transport confirmed the unit would also attract grant funding under the Government's Plugged-In Places scheme.

Managing director of Charging Solutions James Jean-Louis said the 4kW portable EV charging system can provide an electric vehicle with up to 15 miles of range in around 30 minutes.

He added: “The EVRescue is an innovative, standalone power unit for roadside assistance, remote locations, dealerships and repair facilities.

“Connect it to mains power, and it acts as an EV charger for showrooms, car maintenance and distributors, exhibitions and forecourt, providing flexible portable power without the need for fixed charging points.

“As the electric vehicle market develops, the need for a mobile transportable energy source is becoming more important, not only to reduce range anxiety but also to provide a temporary cost-effective power for electric cars.

Developed with a Type 2 socket with Mode 3 communication, it operates on Lithium ion technology and has optional additional features. These include a diagnostics communication module and a Smartphone App feature.

The communications module gives access to information on battery charge level, the number of times the unit has been connected to an EV for discharge or to the grid for recharge, and well as the date and times of both.

The Smartphone App for recovery operators includes a full list of current EVs with on board charging data per model. Recharging data gives expected miles per minute per EV model, as well as expected achievable distance from the current recharge.

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