RAC?s patrols equipped with EV charging units
RAC has announced that their patrols have been equipped with EV charging units, to help electric vehicles get back on the road when they run out of battery.
More than 9,000 vehicles on the road are electric, with the number sold increasing every year.
The RAC’s fleet now provides emergency recharges for those that run out of power on a journey.
The equipment, that has been named EVRESCUE, gives electric vehicles 15 miles worth of power to help them get to the nearest garage or power source.
The portable 5kW unit can charge the vehicle in less than four hours.
Birmingham has been chosen as the city to trial the new service, where electric cars are proving popular.
UK electric car sales have seen a 265% year-on-year increase in the first three months of 2014, with the government’s Committee on Climate Change recommending a target of 1.7 million electric vehicle purchases, as part of the UK’s long-term emissions reduction target.
RAC spokesman, Tim Hartles said: “As the electric market develops, the need for a mobile transportable energy source is becoming more important, not only to reduce ‘range anxiety’, but also to provide temporary cost-effective power for electric cars.
“Whether it’s at the side of a road in an emergency, or in a car showroom, portable power that is flexible, available and mobile is very much in demand so we wanted to invest in the required technology to make sure the RAC was completely ready to meet this need.”
The UK has more than 5,000 public charge points for electric cars, with 220 of these capable of charging vehicles in less than 20 minutes.