In June of this year, the RAC will introduce EV Boost technology into their roadside assistance and recovery vehicles. Initially it will be for call-outs in London, Birmingham and Manchester with a plan to expand across Britain. The new RAC EV Boost technology allows portable electric vehicle charging to give an emergency EV charge at the roadside to electric vehicles that have run out of battery on their journey.
“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. Other solutions that are available require valuable van space to be taken up by heavy portable chargers that negatively affect fuel economy and also need to be recharged after use. 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.” (Chris Millward – Roadside Rescue Innovation at RAC)
The EV Boost system was developed in partnership with automotive engineering firm Original Ltd. It aims to meet the growth in the number of electric vehicles on UK roads, by offering an effective break-down solution. Unlike petrol and diesel vehicles, electric vehicles cannot be towed. Electric vehicles have to be transported on a flat-bed vehicle. If an EV battery runs out of charge, it can cause major disruption to road traffic and be a major concern for the driver.
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