The Californian company EV Safe Charge has launched Ziggy, a mobile charging robot designed to make it easier to charge electric cars in car parks, shopping centres, hotels and for fleet operators and property owners.
Ziggy is called via a mobile app or an in-vehicle infotainment system, reserves a parking space and charges the electric car as soon as it is parked. The charging robot can draw energy from the power grid or a battery.
Ziggy can also generate advertising revenue via displays and show customer-specific information. The startup says they already have sites for Ziggy to get around charging cars including Holiday Inn Express in Redwood City, CA, Opera Plaza in San Francisco and The William Vale, a luxury hotel in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood.
Caradoc Ehrenhalt, founder & CEO of EV Safe Charge Inc. and ZiGGY’s inventor says: “ZiGGY is a flexible and simple solution for virtually any office, mall or apartment complex to help meet growing charging needs of its tenants and guests without expensive, time-consuming infrastructure and installation investment – if it’s even possible. In many cases, especially in older buildings, adding EV chargers isn’t an option until now,” he noted.
EV Safe Charge is already accepting reservations for the charging robot and plans to start production in 2023.
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