The Green Living Guy

London, 22nd April 2022 ZipCharge, today (Earth Day) revealed the GoHub, the world’s first portable EV charging infrastructure for shared, public use. The GoHub is a revolution in public charging provision, providing a community-based solution that can be installed anywhere, at a much lower cost and at a much faster rate, while enabling any parking space to be a charging spot. The ability to roll-out Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure at speed is essential to allow national and local governments to deploy it at a faster rate where people need it the most to support mass EV adoption. EV owners will now have the choice to purchase the Go outright, on subscription or rent one through the GoHub.

The GoHub hosts multiple ZipCharge Go EV powerbanks to address the need for convenient, flexible, and low-cost energy. It is a secure way of housing, recharging, and providing access to the ZipCharge Go so that anyone can access a portable powerbank at the lowest cost. The GoHub 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.

ZipCharge Co-founder, Jonathan Carrier “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.

“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 “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.”

Designed for modularity and expandability

In its base form, the GoHub comes in two variants; a single sided unit houses five ZipCharge Go portable powerbanks, or a double-sided GoHub with ten. Both fit comfortably into a regular parking space. It can also be sited on the pavement or close to where power already exists. All GoHubs can be intelligently reconfigured, expanded and connected together. That’s with minimal investment, growing in tandem with the adoption of electric vehicles.

Take the GoHub charger to the vehicle wherever you park

Through the GoHub, ZipCharge Go powerbanks will be available to rent 24 hours a day. There is also the option to pre-reserve a Go in the app. As the user approaches the correct bay door of the GoHub automatically opens. They then easily pull out the charger from its dock inside the GoHub. They then wheel it to the vehicle and plug it in. Once finished, the user is notified on their smartphone. They then collect the Go and return it to the bay via the app.

Transparent pricing to charge for daily driving needs

Anytime access will allow anyone to use a Go powerbank for a simple-to-understand fee. The fee is £1, €1 or $1 for a 4kWh charge with no connection fee. This simple and transparent pricing allows everyone to know what their daily driving will cost. ZipCharge aims to provide lower prices per kWh compared to fixed AC charging given the integrated Energy Storage System in the GoHub allows ZipCharge to take cleaner, cheaper electricity overnight.

Inclusive features to power communities and enable electric mobility

Conceiving the GoHub took in every community in mind. It integrates a range of optional technologies including rainwater harvesting, Wi-Fi hotspot, and mobile device charging. In addition to a green living roof, and renewable energy generation. Not to mention, innovative wind turbines suitable for both urban and rural environments developed by Flower Turbines in the Netherlands. The GoHub can also provide sustainable charging solutions for other forms of mobility with an optional micromobility docking station for eScooters and eBikes that integrates with any provider.

A circular approach to integrated second-life battery storage

The GoHubs re-use end-of-life batteries from the ZipCharge Go as the integrated Energy Storage System. This presents a genuine circular approach to extending battery life and usability, while also lowering cost. The integrated ESS in the GoHubs provides resiliency to the local grid. That’s by charging the Go chargers at times of peak grid demand. Doing so feeds the portable chargers at times of peak energy demand. In turn, reducing grid dependence, and building resiliency. 

Improving the business case for public AC charging

The GoHubs will be three times cheaper and three times faster to install versus street level 2 chargers. They will transform the payback period for AC public charging from 8-10 years to less than two. This would allow the government and public funding support to install more chargers in more locations. Cities can also place them where the grid can best cope with the extra load. They are also far less disruptive to the streetscape.

GoHubs will come with a suite of technology support. They will network to the ZipCharge cloud and back-office with energy management. Moreover, remote monitoring software ensures operational safety and optimizes charging costs and energy use.

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