Mobile Charging Station for Electric Vehicle Fleets Debuts at Consumer Electronics Show
SparkCharge, an electric vehicle charging system and network developer, has developed a mobile charging station to service vehicle fleets, a first-of-its-kind product that serves as part of the company’s Charging as a Service (CaaS) network. SparkCharge recently debuted the mobile charging fleet services solution at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023.
The mobile charging station will help vehicle fleet owners to quickly and more affordably transition to electric vehicles over fossil fuel-powered alternatives. Instead of installing multiple charges to service an electric vehicle fleet, owners can log into the system portal, then input the address of the vehicles. From there, the owner schedules a date and time for the charging service.
“SparkCharge was founded in part to expedite electric vehicle adoption and accessibility for everyone,” Josh Aviv, founder and CEO of SparkCharge, said in a statement. “Electrifying a fleet doesn’t have to be expensive or timely — our turnkey EV fast charging solutions allow businesses to make the switch from gas-powered vehicles to battery-electric, enabling them to be in compliance with green initiatives while lowering overall operations and maintenance costs.”
SparkCharge already offers a mobile charging system and network for individual EVs, an idea backed by investors on the show SharkTank in 2020, as reported by CNBC. The idea is to make EV charging as simple as ordering food through an app.
Now, the company is scaling up to offer the same service for vehicle fleets. According to SparkCharge, its service can be set up for new consumers in as few as 14 days, depending on location. The service is grid-free and requires no infrastructure installation by fleet owners or operators. If the fleet grows, the owners are able to scale up the service, and they can choose to charge select vehicles or the entire fleet during scheduled charging services.
According to the company, the charging stations operate on a battery, which means they can also deliver charging during power outages.
Currently, SparkCharge for individual vehicles is only available in 15 major U.S. cities and for fleets in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Dallas, Boston and Washington, DC with plans to expand throughout the country and in Europe to service charging deserts.
In an interview with U.S. News & World Report, Aviv noted that many charging stations are only available in wealthier neighborhoods or communities. Aviv hopes that SparkCharge can make EV fleets and ownership more accessible.
“All-electric fleets are really the gateway to EV ownership,” Aviv said. “If more people had the ability to drive an EV without having to worry about how or when to charge their rental, it can help more people be comfortable with converting from a gasoline-powered engine to an all-electric vehicle.”
Aviv’s hope for SparkCharge is to make the clean energy transition easier and more affordable for businesses, ultimately encouraging more companies and individuals to switch to electric vehicles.