General Motors might be planning to milk the idea of range anxiety — the fear that a plug-in vehicle will run out of battery power and leave its driver stranded — for marketing purposes, but there’ll be many other players building businesses off of the back of the limited range of electric vehicles; like emergency road side assistance companies. This morning Swiss company Nation-E says it has created the world’s first mobile charging system, which can be called on to quickly charge up a stranded electric car on the side of the road.
Nation-E‘s so-called Angel Car Mobile Service Unit has an onboard 230 volt charger that can juice up a car battery with 2 to 3 kWh in under 15 minutes, which can provide another almost 20 miles of driving. The company says its battery management system communicates with the car battery to determine how much energy it needs and how long it will take to partly charge it.
Nation-E is in the business of building batteries and battery management systems, using batteries from Korean battery maker Kokam, and the Angel Car Mobile tech is an application of its core battery business. The company says the technology can be installed on any standard car, or a dedicated angel car unit. The company is the brain child of entrepreneur and titanium producer, Daniel Jammer.
I’m not sure how well Nation-E’s Angel Cars will do, given the technology to quickly charge up electric cars on the go isn’t proprietary and many other companies have developed on board fast charging technology. But the idea that tow trucks, AAA services and the like, will have to add on EV battery charging to their emergency road side assistance services, is spot-on. GM will no doubt be offering such a service with its Onstar emergency service, and Nissan will, too, with the LEAF’s IT system.
Image courtesy of Nation-E.
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