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Mobile Charging Is Reenergizing EV Infrastructure

Maria Chavez
Aug 04, 2020

Guidehouse Insights

The expansion of EV charging networks is integral to the continued adoption of transportation electrification technology. Mobile charging from companies such as FreeWire Technologies and SparkCharge is steadily growing in popularity from charging solutions providers. New data from Guidehouse Insights suggests that mobile charging technology will accelerate at a pace that could overtake stationary charging in number of units and available capacity within 2020-2030.

What Are the Advantages of Mobile EV Charging?

Many locations may not provide the appropriate infrastructure to support stationary charging units. Some densely populated urban areas and parking garages do not have the space available to install new charging stations. Still, to advance charging capabilities, EV users should be able to access charging ports when their vehicles are parked for significant periods of time. Mobile chargers can circumvent accessibility obstacles by allowing small robot-like chargers or larger semipermanent units to deliver power to EVs and even offer energy storage support to a different charging station.

Volkswagen has offered the concept of an automated robot that would have the ability via its app to drive itself to an EV in need of charging before connecting on its own to the car’s charging port. After charging is completed, the mobile charger would drive back to a trailer where it could recharge and move on to service more vehicles. FreeWire’s mobile Boost Charger is designed to cut installation and charging infrastructure upgrade costs, deploy quickly, and reduce space requirements for stations. In addition to these applications, mobile chargers are reducing range anxiety by providing roadside services. SparkCharge offers EV owners the option to call for a van carrying the mobile charging unit, avoiding the need for a tow truck or a lengthy detour to a charging station.

Mobile EV Charging Is Increasing Market Opportunities

Mobile EV charging technology is providing solutions to overcome some of the limitations of stationary charging stations. These capabilities are driving the market forward and increasing available energy storage capacity. According to the latest Guidehouse Insights report, Market Data: Energy Storage for EV Charging, the availability of mobile charging storage capacity is expected to overtake stationary storage capacity between 2020 and 2030. This change could signal a trend toward versatile charging options that address the evolving demands of EV drivers. More flexibility in this market might also propel the adoption of EVs by creating more reliable infrastructure.