It’s called the PowerBank on wheels. ZipCharge Go, the portable charger developed by pioneer ZipCharge, is now at advanced prototype stage and will soon be delivered to the very first customers, in early 2023. We’ve been talking about the ZipCharge Go some months ago, when the innovative charging solution was on display during the COP26 Summit in Glasgow.
Several iterations to develop the ZipCharge Go
In order to manufacture the charging system, ZipCharge is using the same rigorous engineering processes as major car manufacturers. It is building several iterations of prototypes from validation through to pre-production, all of which will undergo an extensive testing regime. The company’s engineers are currently at advanced stages of lab testing the portable EV charger’s key system components, including the NMC lithium-ion battery cells and the ZipCharge-designed bi-directional AC-DC converter. This is to evaluate thermal behaviour, charging performance, safety, durability and full functionality to ensure a seamless and safe ownership experience for everyday charging.
The Go is the first element of a planned global portable EV charging platform that combines hardware, software, and innovative ownership models to bring affordable, practical EV charging to more people in more places. In the near future ZipCharge’s portable EV powerbanks will create an intelligent energy management platform that provides flexibility and resilience for the national power grid.
«From the drawing board to design release in under nine months»
«Achieving this key milestone in the development of the portable EV charger is a major achievement by our small and dedicated team of expert automotive engineers», stated ZipCharge Co-founder Richie Sibal. «Drawing on the team’s 170 years of experience in designing automotive electronic systems, including EV control systems, battery modules, power electronics, electrical architectures, functional safety and wiring systems, combined with significant expertise in CAD modelling and design has enabled us to progress from the drawing board to design release in under nine months».