Although there’s a growing number of people adopting EVs, there are still those who are hesitant to make the switch from ICE to battery electric simply because of range anxiety and understandably so. You don’t want to find yourself running out of juice in the middle of your trip only to be towed away to the ‘nearest’ charger…wherever that may be. After all, even with a widespread adoption of EVs, there’s still somewhat of a lag when it comes to the charging infrastructure to support powering those cars.

Enter ZipCharge—a UK-based startup which has developed a powerbank for EVs. Called the ZipCharge Go, and introduced at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, it’s small enough to be considered a carry-on, featuring a retractable handle and wheels, but it does weigh approximately 50 pounds (~22.5kg). In other words, it’s about the same weight as an international checked bag filled with goodies for relatives in the motherland.

According to ZipCharge, the Go will feature a 4kWh hour battery and can charge an EV at 7.2kW providing 20 miles of range in a little more than 30 minutes, depending on the EV’s efficiency. A larger 8kWh battery unit is also in the works, but would need to be tethered to the car for about an hour before boosting your range by up to 40 miles.

Its design is meant to be simple enough that you can just unload it from the trunk of your car wherever you are parked and plug it in. It can withstand weather conditions, just as many fixed charging stations, and is charged via standard household outlet. This gives people who don’t have the luxury of installing a home charger a bit more leeway in their new car purchase decision by giving EVs a chance. Folks without home chargers usually rely on public charging stations, which are often inconvenient either in location, pricing, or even reliability.

ZipCharge is not the first to introduce a product like this, however. US-based SparkCharge introduced a similar portable (but modular) EV charging system called the Roadie last year, but it may lack the versatility found in the ZipCharge Go.

That said, neither of these products have hit the market yet. And although pricing hasn’t been revealed, ZipCharge intends for it to sell for around the same cost as a 7.2kW home charger or leased at £49 (US$67) per month. Anticipate deliveries of the Go to happen in Q4 of 2022.