Touring launches mobile charger
A cold snap is not only harmful to the battery of a car with a classic combustion engine, the batteries of fully electric cars also suffer from the winter cold. That’s why mobility organizations use mobile chargers to help stranded EV drivers back on the road.
Higher energy consumption
“When it freezes, an electric car loses 30% more electricity compared to normal weather conditions. The batteries are exposed to the cold and energy consumption is higher because of defrosting and heating,” says Lorenzo Stefani, spokesman of mobility organization, Touring.
With a fully electric vehicle, the driver risks an empty battery breakdown if he has been too optimistic about the remaining range. “Several times a day we have similar cases. Until now, it was necessary to tow these vehicles”, explains the Touring spokesman.
Mobile charging system
As a result, Touring decided to launch a new service with two intervention vehicles, equipped with mobile boosters to recharge the batteries of electric cars. The process has been tested in Brussels for a month.
“So far, we have, on average, up to five interventions per day. The project is scheduled to run until next summer, in order to have a view of all seasons. “If there is enough interest, we will extend this service to other Belgian cities,” says Lorenzo Stefani.
One minute per kilometre
According to Touring, the van carrying the booster is on site within half an hour after the call of the stranded motorist. It takes one minute of charging per kilometre driving range. In concrete terms, it will take at least 20 minutes if you are still 20 km from home.
The service is free for Touring subscribers. The limit has been set at five charges per year, as for other interventions. People who buy a full electric vehicle are not always aware of the need to adopt eco-driving. They may have surprises at first. “Some people are reluctant to buy full electric cars for fear of failure. This service is a way to reassure them”, Lorenzo Stefani concludes.
Not the first
The mobile charging system is not new, though. Back in 2012, the other mobility organization and assistance provider, VAB, launched a similar mobile charger, equipped with a battery that can charge up to four cars in combination with an on-board power generator running on biofuel to recharge the batteries of the stranded electric cars with green electricity.