Portable electric vehicle (EV) charging company ZipCharge has won the CogX 2022 Decarbonising Cities Award. The award for best Decarbonising Cities StartUp was given in recognition of the ZipCharge Go portable EV power bank, through which the company aims to democratise access to energy to provide clean, low-cost energy wherever people need it.
The CogX Festival is a celebration of innovation and change makers having a positive impact on the world, while the CogX Awards champion the innovators and change making a positive impact on our world. The Decarbonising Cities award recognises the start-up community who are leading the pathway to a cleaner-energy future for cities.
CogX, together with Shell, which is a backer of the award, looked for novel, out-of-the-box solutions to systematically integrate the energy generation and storage in cities, on a significant scale.
“We are delighted to win the Decarbonising Cities competition at CogX. The team at ZipCharge are passionate about improving our environment and building more resilient cities through innovation and this award underlines our commitment to delivering on that promise,” said ZipCharge Co-founder Jonathan Carrier.
“We are grateful to the panel which comprised leading innovators and investors from Shell Ventures, Startupbootcamp, Lakestar and Energy Unlocked”.
The Go is the first element of a global platform – which also includes the recently announced GoHub public infrastructure concept – that combines hardware, software, machine learning and innovative ownership models to bring affordable, practical EV charging to more people than ever. The platform also provides intelligent energy management to help lower energy costs in the home, while providing increased flexibility and resilience for the national power grid.
Launched publicly in November 2021, ZipCharge have developed the Go from a concept to B Sample prototype, ready for real-world trials and are on track to enter production and deliver the first units to customers in quarter two of 2023.
The Go aims to remove a barrier to EV ownership by bringing the possibility of home charging to anyone who can’t currently plug-in at their house. ZipCharge is developing the Go based upon the same rigorous engineering approach as major car manufacturers.