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UK start-up ZipCharge has revealed the GoHub, a portable EV charging infrastructure for shared, public use. The GoHub provides a community-based solution that can be installed anywhere, while enabling any parking space to be a charging spot.
The GoHub hosts multiple ZipCharge Go EV powerbanks to address the need for convenient, flexible, and low-cost energy.
It is modular and flexible in size, suitable for a diverse number of locations, including on-street, in car parks, at work and in private environments.
The lightweight ZipCharge Go power bank is the size of a compact wheeled suitcase which can be charged at home or elsewhere using a standard domestic plug.
It provides up to 20 miles (32km)* of range, providing sufficient range for the average daily commute (in UK/EU), in a little over 30 mins.
The GoHubs re-use end-of-life batteries from the ZipCharge Go as the integrated Energy Storage System.
ZipCharge Co-founder, Jonathan Carrier, says: “We intend to establish the world’s first vertically integrated ‘energy point operator’ (EPO) to serve hundreds of millions of people around the world so everyone can access convenient and low-cost energy. The ZipCharge Go and the GoHub enable the storage of clean energy, which can then be distributed for a multitude of uses from charging an EV to powering equipment.
He adds: “We predict our portable powerbanks will outsell fixed home chargers by 2030, in the same way mobile phones overtook landlines. That’s because the Go can be used for more than charging EV charging, it’s a portable energy storage device for personal energy management. We have the bold ambition to deploy 100,000 GoHubs globally by 2030 to support EV charging, local grid resiliency and energy democracy.”
ZipCharge Co-founder, Richie Sibal, comments: “The Go and the GoHub are integral components of our future energy platform, one that combines hardware, software and distributed energy storage in the home and our public energy points to provide a wide range of energy services for our customers. We will use technology to solve the inequality that exists around access to charging and energy by placing a ZipCharge Go unit within five minutes’ walk of where people live and park.”
ZipCharge is targeting global deployment of 100,000 GoHubs by 2030 to support EV charging, and local grid resiliency.