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Range Anxiety Solved? Blink Introduces Portable Emergency EV Charger

Blink's new emergency charger could be a game-changer for roadside assistance companies.

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A new product introduced by EV charging company Blink may change the way Americans manage electric vehicle (EV) range anxiety. The new portable emergency charger seems to be exactly what is needed to return AAA and other roadside assistance companies to the "out of fuel" assistance support. AAA had an EV program at one point, but abandoned it.

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The new portable emergency charger can add one mile of range for every minute it is on the charger. That could be enough to get a stranded EV off the highway and to a nearby public charging station or Tesla Supercharger. The total capacity of the 240-volt AC charger is 9.6kW of charge.

“This new mobile charger is tremendously innovative, and I’m excited for our Blink members and all EV drivers to experience its ability to help them when they need a charge the most,” shared Michael D. Farkas, Founder and Executive Chairman of Blink. “Roadside assistance companies, insurance companies, auto manufacturers, and even credit card companies offer their members, customers, and cardholders roadside services. The Blink mobile EV charging station provides yet another valuable emergency service for its members and all EV drivers. This product reaffirms to our members and investors that Blink is developing the infrastructure needed to benefit the large number of EVs hitting the streets, while also helping to offset concerns surrounding range-anxiety for prospective EV drivers.”

About Blink
Here is how Blink describes itself:
Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK, BLNKW) is a leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment that has deployed over 23,000 charging stations, many of which are networked EV charging stations, enabling EV drivers to easily charge at any of its charging locations worldwide. The Company’s principal line of products and services is its Blink EV charging network (“Blink Network”), EV charging equipment, and EV charging services. The Blink Network utilizes a proprietary cloud-based software that operates, maintains, and tracks the EV charging stations connected to the network and the associated charging data. With global EV purchases forecasted to rise to 10 million by 2025 from approximately 2 million in 2019, the Company has established key strategic partnerships to rollout adoption across numerous location types, including parking facilities, multi-family residences and condos, workplace locations, healthcare/medical facilities, schools and universities, airports, auto dealers, hotels, mixed-use municipal locations, parks and recreation areas, religious institutions, restaurants, retailers, stadiums, supermarkets, and transportation hubs.

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DeanMcManis (not verified)    April 10, 2020 - 2:11PM

It looks like a good solution for a larger towing company or service, but it is not practical for consumer use. It costs $6,500 and weighs over 350lbs. This would have been vital in the days of EVs having a 50-90 mile range, but these days with 200+ EV mile ranges, it has got to be less of an issue. Still, considering the thousands of people who run out of gas each year currently, I can see a big towing service offering EV recharging as a nice benefit. I have had a Blink 240V EVSE charger at home for 7 years now, and it has worked flawlessly for my plug in hybrids.