Image of Roadie mobile EV charger courtesy of SparkCharge
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SparkCharge Brings the EV Charger To You

A new company has a novel idea that may help some EV owners charge with more flexibility.
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Charging away from home can be a challenge. As our recent report on the company ChargerHelp! uncovered, up to 30% of public EV chargers can be down at any given time. Social media clubs for EVs are filled with frustrated EV owners who try to charge publicly only to find the bays blocked by vehicles not charging, find the chargers broken, or find them full with EVs and others waiting. There has to be a better way.

SparkCharge thinks there is. This company had the novel idea to create a mobile “EV gas can” if you will allow the analogy. A battery that comes to you that you can plug your EV into to charge.

SparkCharge’s solution is called Roadie. It’s a portable EV charger with both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors delivering a direct current fast charge wherever you may be. The company says it has an output voltage of 150 VDC to 500 VD. With a vehicle capable of receiving a fast charge, the company says that about one mile of range per minute charging can be accomplished.

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CEO Joshua Aviv brings a background in data science and economics to an industry in need of entrepreneurs. He describes SparkCharge as a family aiming to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles on a global scale. Thereby creating a cleaner, healthier, safer, and more sustainable world. Mr. Aviv was a contestant on Shark Tank and walked away with seven-figure funding from the show.

SparkCharge is seeking partners. One we feel might be a perfect fit would be AAA or other similar roadside service providers. Ultimately, SparkCharge plans to provide a mobile charging network eliminating the challenges of wired infrastructure.

Would a charge that comes to you work well for you as an EV owner? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Image courtesy of SparkCharge

John Goreham is a long-time New England Motor Press Association member and recovering engineer. John's interest in EVs goes back to 1990 when he designed the thermal control system for an EV battery as part of an academic team. After earning his mechanical engineering degree, John completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with automotive component manufacturers, in the semiconductor industry, and in biotech. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American news outlets and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on TikTok @ToknCars, on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin

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