Mobile, sustainable charging stations for electric vehicles
CHARGING ELECTRIC CARS, ANYWHERE
As greener electric vehicles become more popular, charging stations remain scarce, and installing permanent chargers isn't always cost-effective.
THE DESIGN SOLUTION
MOBILE CHARGERS BRING TOP-UPS TO YOU
FreeWire's Mobi, a mobile charging station, repurposes second-life EV batteries to top up an EV six times as fast as a wall socket.
"The long-term solution to creating a more resilient, flexible power grid is renewable energy combined with battery storage. Charging EVs is just the beginning."
— Arcady Sosinov, Co-Founder
EV infrastructure is lagging demand
Quiet, low-emission, and capable of higher speeds and longer ranges than ever before, electric vehicles (EVs) are finally a realistic green alternative to gas- guzzlers. But while they're designed for a world of scarcer resources, they suffer from a shortage of their own: slow charging speeds and not enough places to charge. Installing more charging stations in parking lots requires owners to go through a lengthy permitting and construction process. For those that want to provide fast charging, the process is significantly more costly. For those that rent, it means abandoning their investment at the end of their lease. So the supply of charging stations isn't growing fast enough to meet increasing demand.
HOW IT WORKS
FreeWire’s Mobis use a proprietary energy buffer technology, making installation as simple as plugging into an outlet.
The FreeWire Mobi is a motorized EV charging station that moves around to meet demand.
FreeWire reconditions and repurposes second-life EV batteries.
It generates 40kwh of energy, enough to top off six EVs a day or charge two completely from empty.
Founder Arcady Sosinov, a car buff, developed the idea for FreeWire as an MBA student in University of California-Berkeley's Lean Launchpad customer discovery accelerator. The first Mobi prototype was built from boat hull material and retail plexiglass, mounted on a motorized wheelchair base and powered by batteries scavenged from a junked Nissan Leaf. Today, massive collaboration with utility companies, automotive manufacturers, and even a local machine shop is helping the company build out the infrastructure for electric vehicles and help promote their use.
Q & A
Why is FreeWire's work revolutionary?
We create a second life for EV batteries, transforming them into energy storage that can be recharged from renewable sources like solar. If all of the huge existing supply of second-life EV batteries were repurposed, it would mitigate the need for two coal-fired gas plants.
How does FreeWire address the challenge of energy availability?
Supporting the EV infrastructure is just the first step toward building a more resilient, flexible power grid.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FREEWIRE
FreeWire is currently focusing on building partnerships with auto manufacturers and car-sharing companies for its EV charger. The company has also introduced the Mobi Gen, which replaces EV connectors with electrical sockets and USB ports for a silent, emissions-free alternative to diesel and gas generators. In the future, the company intends to produce energy storage products based on second-life batteries for the commercial market.