ZipCharge has announced strategic partnerships with ICEE Managed Services and Graphite, bringing together the three British businesses to develop the mechanical and electrical systems for the GoHub, the world’s first portable charging infrastructure for shared, public use.
ICEE Managed Services and Graphite will be key strategic partners in the development and production of the GoHub. Both companies have more than eight years of engineering, manufacturing and installation of public infrastructure, including the Brompton Bike Hire docks at sixty locations across the UK.
Working together with ZipCharge, ICEE and Graphite undertook a three-month concept study to evaluate the design, technical, operational and installation challenges of the early GoHub concept.
Using lessons learnt from other projects, the team could accelerate their understanding of the technical challenges associated with both the mechanical design and electrical systems.
From the start of 2022, ICEE undertook detailed engineering design work on a range of GoHub configurations, focused on delivering a modular solution that could maximise the number of Go powerbanks available in the smallest possible footprint – to reduce material cost, simplify manufacturing, while also making it easier to transport and install.
Jonathan Carrier, ZipCharge co-founder, said: “We are delighted to have found two strategic partners in ICEE and Graphite. Together we will deliver the GoHub, a revolution in public charging provision, providing a community-based solution that can be installed anywhere, at a much lower cost and at a much faster rate, while enabling any parking space to be a charging spot.
“The ability to roll-out Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure at speed is essential to allow national and local governments to deploy it at a faster rate where it is needed the most to support mass EV adoption. EV owners will now have the choice to purchase the Go outright, on subscription or rent one through the GoHub. The GoHub is the world’s first portable EV charging infrastructure for shared, public use.”
Paul Harris, Managing Director, ICEE Managed Services, said: “We welcome the opportunity to be working with ZipCharge in taking the Go Hub product from its original concept into the pre-production design stage of its development. Our modern manufacturing facilities will provide a total Turn-Key Support Solution with ZipCharge in delivering the Go Hub product to market”
Cory Carver-Grenside, Director, Graphite Ltd, said: “Graphite are delighted to be working with ZipCharge on such an original product, we pride ourselves on being a technical solution provider to the likes of Vodafone and BT whilst developing new and innovative remote monitoring and control solutions.”