Today, smartphones are used so often that the battery charge is sometimes difficult even for a day’s work. That is why almost every one of us has a portable battery in our pocket, with which you can charge your smartphone at any time. However, owners of electric cars also face a low battery charge today and it is very strange that analogues of mobile power banks are not produced for them. The French company EP Tender decided to fill this gap, which began the development of 60-kilowatt trailers for charging cars on the go. Undoubtedly, the idea is very cool, but the technology they proposed has several weaknesses. But what difficulty can arise in simply connecting the car to a portable battery on wheels?
Electrek spoke about the new technology and its weaknesses. According to EP Tender CEO Jean-Baptiste Segard, with trailers with batteries, they want to solve the problems of owners of electric vehicles that often travel long distances. After all, on the way the battery of an electric car may well go down, and there may not be any charging stations nearby. Thanks to their technology, drivers do not have to call a tow truck – you can just charge the car through a trailer equipped with a battery. But this is far from the only plus of the technology developed by them.
Powerbank for electric vehicles
Also, the head of EP Tender is confident that thanks to their trailers people will be able to save on buying an electric car. For example, they will be able to give preference to an inexpensive model with a relatively small battery capacity. To eliminate this shortcoming, they will be able to buy a powerbank trailer and travel long distances with it, not being afraid to stay in the middle of the road without energy. The company wants to sell trailers for $ 11,000, but drivers will also have the opportunity to rent them for $37. Leased power banks on wheels are planned to be installed on tourist routes.
However, the creators of portable batteries for cars risk repeating the deplorable fate of the Israeli company Better Place. At one time, its founder Shay Agassi wanted to create stations where discharged electric vehicle batteries could change to charged ones in 5 minutes. Only for this, existing cars needed to be tuned to work with cheap types of replaceable batteries, which car manufacturers were not ready for.
Representatives of EP Tender assure that it will be possible to upgrade existing electric cars to work safely with their trailers for only $ 650. However, journalists from Electrek, who have been following the electric car market for a long time, have big doubts that the company will be able to change such an important part of electric vehicles as the power supply system so quickly and inexpensively.
However, the company seems quite optimistic. It is known that at the moment its representatives are negotiating with manufacturers of French cars Renault, Citroen, Peugeot and Opel. Who knows, maybe this particular company will be able to realize the idea of portable batteries for cars better than others? So far it remains only to follow her actions and expect the best.