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Orange vans support green vans

Orange vans support green vans

 

Fleets are crucial to the decarbonisation of the country as they present an enormous opportunity to scale the progress of electrification. It is widely acknowledged that the electric car market is experiencing profound growth with an estimated 400,000 all-electric cars on the road in the UK; however, we are not seeing the same figures translating in the sales of electric vans. Although van ownership continues to rise to 4.6 million, only 0.3% (or 13,800) are running on electric.

There are many obstacles facing van users and fleets, which are hindering the growth in electric van sales, which are still far behind the electric car market. A prominent issue van fleets are facing is the lack of infrastructure to support electric vans.  For example, even charge point operators have admitted that public charging facilities are tailored to car usage rather than vans which means impracticalities like the spacing and positioning of chargers can make it impossible for a van to manoeuvre in and out of. It is therefore essential that roadside assistance companies take action to support the challenges facing van fleets both through this transitional period and for when the mass adoption of electric vans takes place.

Despite the challenges the charging infrastructure poses to electric van drivers, some companies have invested heavily in electrifying their fleet. For example, Sunbelt Rentals – the UK’s largest rental equipment provider has recently signed a £1.1 million electric van deal with the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) which will see 22 new VN5 electric vans introduced to their fleet. As part of Sunbelt Rentals’ strategy for positive change, the ‘Our Planet’ action plan is the company’s blueprint for a greener future and has pledged a commitment to reduce the carbon intensity of its operations by 35% by 2030. By adopting the VN5’s into their fleet, the company are clearly making this vision a reality.

Making the switch to an electric van fleet from a diesel driven one, is not a seamless transition. Sunbelt Rentals have already experienced the problem of having an electric van being run flat before it was able to reach a static charging station. Luckily, the RAC have anticipated this problem and have invested in the pioneering Original ADS Charge Pod system which was able to provide an emergency power boost to the flat electric van from a standard patrol vehicle, so that it could be driven to the nearest van-suitable static charging station.

By implementing the Charge Pod system into the RAC’s fleet, the RAC are alleviating the concerns the charging infrastructure poses and are providing electric van fleets with the crucial reassurance they need that they are fully equipped to deal with any problems electric van drivers may be faced with, wherever they are.

Because there are more challenges with providing an ‘out-of-charge’ service to electric vans than cars, it means all other solutions to the problem of out of charge electric vans are not fit for purpose.

Portable batteries are one alternative. However, portable batteries only have a limited amount of power available before they need to be recharged. Due to the size of the battery on an electric van, it means that the portable battery is at a higher risk of running out of power before the electric van has enough charge to reach a charging station. The roadside assistance company will then be left with the same problem they were sent out to deal with. Additionally, because of the size and weight of the battery pack, there is not enough room in existing patrol vehicles to implement this solution. Roadside assistance companies would therefore need to purchase a separate vehicle to provide this single service to EV drivers, which would increase costs considerably.

Although some EVs have a ‘tow mode’, the majority of EVs carry the risk of being damaged if they are towed. Therefore, one alternative solution for an electric van which has run out of charge, is to be recovered with all wheels lifted and driven to a static charging station. However, flatbed recovery trucks cannot be used in certain locations. For instance, some narrow streets and multi-storey car parks are extremely restricted on space. Therefore, accessing a customer in certain locations is not possible. Furthermore, it is in the interest of all companies to reduce their environmental impact where possible. The CO2 emissions of deploying a flatbed recovery truck are up to 30 times higher than when a standard patrol vehicle equipped with Charge Pod is sent to assist. Then, to transport the van to a static charging station once it has been recovered will lead to an even greater carbon footprint.

In contrast, Charge Pod is a lightweight and compact charging system which offers 100% duty cycle, so it can be fitted onto patrol vehicles which are already in service and as it never runs out of power, thanks to the purpose-built vehicle mounted generator, it is always ready for use and can provide any electric vehicle on the roads today with as much charge as is needed to get an EV to a static charging station. It is for these reasons Charge Pod is the best emergency charging solution for EVs on the global marketplace.

 

Further information:

To read more about our pioneering Charge Pod system, click here: Charge Pod: The Lightweight and Compact Mobile EV Charger (originalads.co.uk)

For more information about Sunbelt Rentals ‘Our Planet’ plan, check out there website here:  Our Planet | Our Plan For A Positive Change | Sunbelt Rentals

To find out more about RAC EV breakdown cover, click here: Electric Car Breakdown Cover | #1 For EV Breakdown | RAC

For more real-life scenarios where EVs have run out of charge before they have been able to reach a static charging station, click here: Running out of charge stories – Original ADS

Portable electric vehicle charger provides power boost to two flat Zipcars

Portable electric vehicle charger provides power boost to two flat Zipcars

Zipcar are leading the charge across London, giving Londoner’s access to over 400 electric cars whenever they need them. As part of Zipcar’s customer service, they ensure their vehicles are charged overnight, so they have plenty of charge for when their customers use the vehicles the following day. However, after the vehicles have been used, they are regularly dropped off with very little charge remaining, meaning they are not always left with enough charge to reach a static charging station. This proved to be the case for two of electric rental cars at Zipcar’s storage facility at Heathrow airport.

Both vehicles were left parked just over the road from a static charging station but were completely flat and were unable to reach a power source, so the RAC were called to provide a power boost to the vehicles from the Original ADS Charge Pod system which are installed on standard RAC patrol vehicles.

Charge Pod once again proved itself to be the most suitable solution to this problem. For instance, some roadside assistance companies use flatbed recovery trucks to transport electric vehicles to a static charging station. In this instance, this would have been an incredibly wasteful use of resources and cause unnecessarily high CO2 emissions to deploy a large flatbed recovery vehicle to transport the cars over the road.

 

More information:

To learn more about our pioneering Charge Pod system, click here: Charge Pod: The Lightweight and Compact Mobile EV Charger (originalads.co.uk)

For more examples of real-life scenarios of EV drivers running out of charge and being left stranded at the roadside, see here: Running out of charge stories – Original ADS

Further information about RAC electric vehicle roadside assistance, click here: Electric Car Breakdown Cover | #1 For EV Breakdown | RAC

To learn more about Zipcar, click here: Zipcar – Car Sharing | Hourly Car Rental

 

 

Electric Ambulance Runs Out of Charge at a Roadside

Electric Ambulance Runs Out of Charge at a Roadside

RAC act as first responders to flat electric ambulance…

London’s first electric ambulance was just over a mile away from the hospital when it ran out of charge and was left stranded at the roadside. The RAC were prompt to respond and deployed a patrol vehicle to provide an emergency power boost to the ambulance from the on-board Original ADS Charge Pod system.

Charge Pod was the best possible solution in this scenario because other alternatives could have proved problematic. For example, if a van filled with portable batteries was sent to attend, there would only be a limited amount of power available to provide the ambulance with the amount of power needed to enable the vehicle to reach a charging station. This particular ambulance is a Renault Master Z.E which has a large battery (57kWh) in order to provide the vehicle with as much range as possible. Therefore, if you only have a limited power capacity to provide the roadside charge, then you cannot guarantee that the vehicle will be provided with enough range to enable it to reach a static charging station. In contrast, the Charge Pod system has an engine mounted generator on the patrol vehicle so that it has 100% duty cycle meaning it will not run out before the EV has enough charge to reach a static charging station.

Another possible solution was to get a flatbed recovery truck to transport the ambulance and its crew to a static charging station. However, this method is considerably more damaging from an environmental and an economical perspective. The CO2 emissions of deploying a flatbed recovery truck are up to 30 times higher than when a standard patrol vehicle equipped with Charge Pod is sent to an ‘out-of-charge’ EV job. The cost of deploying a patrol vehicle armed with the Pod is also considerably cheaper for roadside assistance companies than sending a flatbed recovery truck.

Furthermore, the RAC has a renowned reputation for fixing 4 out of 5 breakdowns at the roadside. The foundation of this remarkable statistic is due to the capability of the RAC patrol vehicle. Charge Pod has therefore fit seamlessly into the RAC’s existing business model and has further enhanced the capability of the standard patrol vehicles which are already in service.

 

Further information:

For more examples of EVs running out of charge before they have been able to reach a static charging station, click here: https://originalads.co.uk/media-page/running-out-of-charge-stories/

Further information about the implementation of Charge Pod in the RAC’s fleet can be found here: https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/rac-exclusive-deal-will-see-hundreds-more-mobile-ev-charging-vans-on-the-ro/#:~:text=As%20a%20result%20of%20the,vehicles%20an%20emergency%20roadside%20boost.

To learn more about the Charge Pod system, click here: https://originalads.co.uk/charge-pod/

For more information about EV breakdown cover with the RAC, click here: https://www.rac.co.uk/breakdown-cover/electric-car-breakdown-cover

Power to the Porsche

Power to the Porsche

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 because of the pioneering EV charging pod installed on their standard patrol vehicles.

Thanks to Charge Pod, the RAC were able to deliver a power boost to the hybrid vehicle, giving the Porsche enough charge to be driven to the nearest static charging station.

Why is 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 before the battery itself runs out of power.

Therefore, we designed an EV charging pod for the problem of flat and/or severely charge depleted EVs which is lightweight, compact and offers 100% duty cycle of power, so it will never run out of power and is always ready for use.

Further information:

For more information about the Charge Pod system, please click here.

To learn more about the implementation of Charge Pod into the RAC’s fleet, this can be found on the RAC’s website here: RAC exclusive deal will see hundreds more mobile EV charging vans on the road | RAC Drive

Further information about RAC breakdown cover for electric vehicles can be found on the following link: Electric Car Breakdown Cover | #1 For EV Breakdown | RAC

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Problems

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Problems

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 who encountered problems with the electric vehicle charging infrastructure…

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.

Further information:

To learn more about the Charge Pod system, click here.

To read more examples of when EV drivers have run out of charge and the RAC have used the Charge Pod system, click here.

A Smart Charge for the Smart Car

A Smart Charge for the Smart Car

After recently purchasing a new Smart EQ forfour, this  RAC customer was yet to have a home EV charger installed. Having had the vehicle for a few weeks, the charge on the car was running very low. Assuming he would be able to reach the static charging station at the local supermarket, the driver unfortunately ran out of charge before he was able to reach the charge point and had no choice but to pull over and call the RAC for assistance.

The RAC Patrol arrived and was able to deliver a roadside power boost from the Charge Pod system installed on their standard patrol vehicle, providing the flat EV with a 5-mile range, enabling the EV driver to reach the supermarket charging station quickly and safely.

Charge Pod is an exceptionally practical solution for fleet operators like the RAC because the RAC needed a solution which could be incorporated onto the exisiting patrol vehicles which are already in service. However, these vehicles are extremely restricted on space. We therefore designed the Charge Pod system so it is as lightweight and compact as possible, enabling the same level of equipment to be carried in the RAC vehicles.

Charge Pod is not only the most practical solution to this problem, but it also the safest solution given concerns over the transmission of COVID-19. An alternative solution to Charge Pod is to deploy a flatbed recovery truck which means both the flat EV, and its driver would need to be transported to a charging station. Charge Pod enables the patrol to simply plug in and charge the EV, meaning a safe distance can be maintained at all times.

To find out more about our pioneering Charge Pod system click here.

To find out more about the use of Charge Pod in the RAC’s fleet, you can read more on the following link: RAC exclusive deal will see hundreds more mobile EV charging vans on the road | RAC Drive

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