The RAC has developed a lightweight mobile electric vehicle charging point which can fit inside its vans.

The points are designed to be able to give stranded EV owners a top-up so they can reach a nearby point if they run out of juice by the side of the road.

According to the roadside assistance giant, six Ford Transit Customs fitted with the mobile points will be deployed in June in London, Birmingham and Manchester and will be rolled out to areas with high call-outs.

The RAC said the mobile point can be rolled out to “hundreds of vans” to match demand as the number of electric vehicles on UK roads is expected to soar in the coming years.

It added its EV Boost charger works with all Type 1 and Type 2 connections ensuring it will charge 99% of electric vehicles on UK roads today.

EVs present a particular challenge for roadside recovery firms as many cannot be towed normally and ideally should be transported with all wheels off the ground which usually requires a flat-bed vehicle.

RAC patrol van with EV Boost 1

“With nothing like it on the market the real challenge was to develop a mobile EV-charger system which is compact and light enough to fit into our normal patrol vehicles without compromising on space so we can still carry all the normal parts and tools to help our patrols continue to fix four out of five vehicles at the roadside,” said RAC head of roadside rescue innovation, Chris Millward. “Other solutions that are available require valuable van space to be taken up by heavy portable chargers that negatively affect fuel economy and also need to be recharged after use. Our on-demand solution means that the power is always available when needed.

He added: “We also expect it will help address the anxiety some potential EV buyers have about the current charging infrastructure and vehicle range.”