EV Safe Charge, a provider of EV charging technology, has unveiled ZiGGY, its mobile EV charging robot.
ZiGGY will bring EV charging to parking facilities, shopping and entertainment centers, hotels, fleet operators, and property owners, overcoming the limitations of stationary EV chargers without the need for electrical infrastructure, according to the company.
In addition, ZiGGY’s digital ad server can generate advertising revenue for the facility by displaying customized information.
“Strong EV sales and emissions reduction goals are creating a more sustainable future, but EV charging infrastructure isn’t keeping up,” said Caradoc Ehrenhalt, ZiGGY’s inventor and founder & CEO of EV Safe Charge. “ZiGGY is a flexible and simple solution for virtually any office, mall, or apartment complex to help meet growing charging needs of its tenants and guests without expensive, time-consuming infrastructure and installation investment, if it’s even possible. In many cases, especially in older buildings, adding EV chargers isn’t an option until now.”
ZiGGY will be summoned to an EV via mobile app or an in-vehicle infotainment system and will arrive at the vehicle’s parking space, ready to reserve the spot for plug-in charging. ZiGGY can return to its home base for recharging from grid, battery, or solar energy, or a combination of these. It can also be chosen for offsite charging if no infrastructure is available or desired onsite.
EV Safe Charge will lease ZiGGY to deliver “Charging as a Service” to facilities and provide ongoing technical support and maintenance, according to the company. Facility operators will have the option to direct vehicle owners to the app for payment or to provide charging as an amenity. Parking operators won’t need to block spaces for permanent EV chargers because ZiGGY can serve all parking spaces.
“We created ZiGGY in response to growing demand for flexible EV charging solutions from our customers and to help support the global transition to a cleaner, greener, all-electric mobility future,” said Ehrenhalt. “By helping drivers to overcome charging anxiety, one of the barriers to mass EV adoption, ZiGGY is enhancing the EV charging experience for everyone.”
Currently, ZiGGY is planned to enter production in 2023.