Electric vehicles (EVs), such as the Mitsubishi i offer drivers a lot of benefits. There's the peace of mind that comes with knowing you're carbon footprint is so light that it's barely distinguishable. There's the available tax rebates (depending on where you live). And, perhaps the most compelling reason of all: no more tedious, and might we add expensive, visits to the pump.
Yes, the decision to complement your green lifestyle with a Mitsubishi i will result in many rewards. There is, however, one minor characteristic of EVs that understandably fills some potential buyers with trepidation. That's their comparably short driving range. While EV's are designed more for urban commuters who don't need a long range, many still fear they'll forget to charge and then be stranded on the side of the road.
The chances of this happening are low, especially with apps which can be set to automatically charge or remind you to charge your EV. But, we won't lie. It could happen.
To put EV drivers minds at ease, Real Power (U.S.-based manufacturer of 12-150 kilowatt onboard generators) has decided to develop and test a mobile roadside charge station. The prototype they recently tested was comprised of a flatbed truck fitted with a Level 3 charger (to correspond with the imminent release of Level 3 ports), as well as a standard Level 2 charger.
Initial testing showed the system to be not only highly effective but very easy. Using the Level 3 charger, Real Power was able to charge a Mitsubishi i to over 80 percent in only 15 minutes. And, findings show that for a comprehensive charge the truck used under a gallon of diesel. This might not be as green as the EV itself, but many would argue it's worth the convenience.
Moving forward, Real Power is aiming to further evolve their prototype by fitting the chargers under the bed of the truck on the passenger side. This would open up the flat bet, allowing EVs with problems more serious than a drained battery to be hauled to a shop; and also provide easier access to the charging cables.
Jeff D'Ambrosio Mitsubishi, located at 1221 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA, would like to note that Real Power isn't the only company pursuing such a service vehicle. Auto insurance and roadside assistance company, AAA, is planning to host similar tests soon. Be sure to stay tuned to learn what their prototype looks like and an ETA on when mobile EV quick-charging stations officially hit the road.