As a means of easing “range anxiety” for electric vehicle owners, this startup plans on making car charging as easy as ordering a pizza for delivery.
Sparkcharge is a company that is developing a service that will allow EV drivers to order small, portable charging units to their location at the press of a button. They just need to open an app, ask for a charger delivery, and wait for a driver to show up for $20 worth of electricity that would get them approximately 100 miles.
Additionally, the battery pack can produce 1 mile’s worth of charge every 60 seconds, which is reportedly 14 times faster than standard home-based charging units.
Sparkcharge, which is based out of Buffalo, New York, was recently awarded a $1 million prize in a tech competition. The company plans on using the funds to hire staffers and manufacture the charging devices so they can ship out at least 1,000 units by 2019.
Though they will initially be partnering with road maintenance companies, they hope to one day partner with platforms like Uber and Lyft as a means of making the service more accessible.
“We’ll have this really good landscape, so EV owners can have a charge delivered to them wherever or whenever they want,” the company’s CEO told Forbes.
“It’s the way the infrastructure should be,” he added. “If you want a pizza, you open up your phone, you hit a button and it’s delivered. We thought, ‘Why can’t we do that for electric vehicles?’”
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