In association with Fully Charged the Big Lemon London to Brighton Electric Vehicle Rally event was held on Saturday 18th September 2021, to demonstrate and celebrate the rapid development of electric vehicles and renewable energy.
Starting on the banks of the River Thames and finishing on Brighton Beach, the event was open to participants with electric vehicles of all types, shapes and sizes, with prizes for the lowest energy consumption in all classes.
The 60-strong entries included celebrities Norman Cook (Fat Boy Slim), Charley Boorman, Mark Lester and Robert Llewellyn, covering the 58-mile distance.
The RAC were the roadside assistance partner for the Rally and were following the event in standard patrol vehicles equipped with the Original ADS Charge Pod system so that RAC patrols could deliver a roadside power boost to quickly get any flat or severely charge depleted EVs to the nearest static charging station had they ran out of charge during the event.
Charge Pod proved to be the perfect solution for this problem because the system can be installed on standard patrol vehicles whilst only taking up a very small amount of room. This means the RAC patrol vehicles can still be packed with all the other equipment needed to be able to fix any other motoring issues these EVs may have encountered.
We have officially made it to the finals for all three of the following categories for the 2021 E-Mobility Awards in partnership with the RAC:
EV Charging Equipment and Software Development
EV Infrastructure Provider
EV Service Team
The E-Mobility Awards concentrate on the electric vehicle sector, including any AFVs that use their fuel to generate electric power (car, vans, trucks). The awards also aim to recognise the developments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and equipment. The awards seek out ingenuity, innovation and achievement in these areas and bring together the talents of a highly expert panel of impartial judges to scrutinise entries.
Charge Pod is a truly unique solution to the problem of flat and/or severely depleted EVs on the global marketplace and has proved its use in the field. It is for these reasons that we believe Charge Pod is a worthy contender for these awards.
We are very much looking forward to announcement of the winners!
It was great to be apart of the fantastic Robert Llewellyn’s Fully Charged Live show in Farnborough from 3rd-5th September with our incredible partners, the RAC.
Created by TV personality, Robert Llewellyn (from Scrapheap Challenge, Junkyard Wars and Red Dwarf), the three-day event showcased a host of quality outdoor exhibits and attractions including two live theatres, over 100 EVs and over 100 exhibitors of clean energy and EV related technologies.
We were on hand along with various members of the RAC to answer crucial questions about what happens if EV drivers run out of charge before they are able to reach a static charging station.
The solution is the Original ADS Charge Pod system. Charge Pod is often considered as the ‘jerrycan’ for EVs. Its purpose is simply to provide flat or severely charge depleted EVs with power boost delivered from a standard patrol vehicle so they can be driven to the nearest static charging station rather than being picked up and recovered on flatbed recovery truck.
Charge Pod is being rolled out across the RAC’s fleet and will be installed on one in five RAC patrol vans by 2022. Thus, providing the crucial reassurance to EVs drivers that help is on hand should you be unlucky enough to reach a charging point that isn’t working or to run out power and be left stranded.
It was wonderful to have such a great reception from the public and fleet operators on how our pioneering Charge Pod system has enhanced the capability of the RAC’s fleet.
“It was comfortably the most ground-breaking of all the submissions” – Motor Transport Award judges
It is an honour to announce that we, in partnership with the RAC, have won the Best Use of Technology category at the Motor Transport Awards.
For 35 years, the Motor Transport Awards have been seen as a benchmark for excellence among UK road transport fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers and other innovators.
The Motor Transport Awards are all about recognising excellence and while 2020 was a difficult year in many ways it is even more important to reflect the efforts and achievements of the people who made sure the UK was kept going through the crisis.
We entered our Charge Pod system into this award in partnership with the RAC because it is imperative that fleet operators dealing with electric vehicles are provided with the capability of delivering a power boost to flat or severely depleted EVs which are unable to reach a static charging station.
Now that use of EVs has dramatically increased, Charge Pod has proved itself to be an essential product to the RAC and has enabled the RAC the keep electric vehicle drivers up and running even in the challenging circumstances we have faced in the past year.
This award is a fantastic tribute to both of our outstanding teams!
An RAC customer was left stranded at their own home after purchasing a 2020 Porsche Cayenne e-hybrid 4 months ago. This patron had not charged the vehicle at all in this time, leaving the hybrid battery completely flat, so the RAC were phoned for assistance.
Thanks to the Original ADS Charge Pod system, the RAC were able to deliver a power boost to the hybrid from a standard patrol vehicle, giving the Porsche enough charge to be driven to the nearest static charging station.
Why was Charge Pod the best solution to this problem?
Flatbed recovery trucks are one alternative, however, this method is problematic not only because they produce a huge amount of CO2 emissions, but there are certain locations where a flatbed recovery truck cannot access, like a multi-storey carpark for instance.
Other solutions include portable batteries which pose the problem of being heavy, space consuming and cannot ensure enough power is provided to the electric vehicle to give it enough power to reach a static charging station.
Therefore, we designed a solution for the problem of flat and/or severely charge depleted EVs which is lightweight, compact and offers 100% duty cycle of power.
It is known all too well that the electric vehicle charging infrastructure is problematic and contributes greatly to the range anxiety fears experienced by the general population. According to a report conducted by the RAC, 58% of people in the UK consider range anxiety as a barrier to switching to an EV.
This is a perfectly reasonable concern seeing as some studies are suggesting that Britain only has 15% of the electric vehicle charging points required to meet its climate targets by 2025. So as more and more EVs are making their way on to our roads, we are seeing more EV drivers being left with flat or severely depleted EVs all over the country through no fault of their own.
This was the case for one EV driver earlier on this week…
A Motability Operations customer driving a VW ID3 arrived at an EV charging point only to find that it was broken. The EV driver then did not have enough charge to reach the next nearest charging station, so he called the RAC for assistance.
To the customers relief, the RAC were able to deal with this problem in the most efficient way possible, thanks to the Original ADS Charge Pod system. Charge Pod was able to deliver an emergency EV power boost to the ID3 providing it with an 8-mile range, enabling the vehicle to be driven to the nearest functioning static charging station.