June 14, 2022
EV Safe Charge, which is developing flexible electric vehicle (EV) charging technology, has announced ZiGGY, a mobile EV charging robot. The company said ZiGGY can be deployed in parking facilities, shopping and entertainment centers, hotels, fleet operators and property owners to provide cost-effective charging and overcoming the limitations of stationary EV chargers without the need for costly electrical infrastructure.
The system also includes a digital ad server, which can generate advertising revenue for the facility and display 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, founder and CEO at EV Safe Charge, and the inventor of ZiGGY. “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.”
Once deployed, ZiGGY can be summoned to an EV via mobile app or in-vehicle infotainment system. The robot will then arrive at the vehicle’s parking space, ready to reserve the spot for plug-in charging. ZiGGY can then return to its home base for recharging from a grid, battery or solar energy, or a combination of those three. The company said ZiGGY can also be chosen for offsite charging if no infrastructure is available or desired onsite.
The robot includes two extra-large screens that serve as informational kiosks or interactive advertising displays, providing an additional income generator for parking facility operators. The company said it will lease ZiGGY to deliver “Charging as a Service” to facilities, and provide ongoing technical support and maintenance. Facility operators can choose whether to have vehicle owners pay for the charging, or whether to provide charging as an amenity. In addition, parking operators will no longer need to block spaces for permanent EV chargers, because ZiGGY can serve all parking spaces.
The company said ZiGGY is currently scheduled to enter production in 2023, but it is also now taking reservations. Sites already planning to use ZiGGy include the Holiday Inn Express in Redwood City, Calif.; Opera Plaza in San Francisco; and The William Vale, a luxury hotel in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. “We delight in finding opportunities to introduce our guests and neighbors to next-level amenities and technology,” said David Lemmond, general manager of The William Vale. “ZiGGY is perfect for the growing demand for easier charging solutions. ZiGGY will introduce our entire community to just how convenient charging your EV really can be without substantial infrastructure updates.”
For more details on ZiGGY, visit the EV Safe Charge website here.