UK startup Zapinamo has received £2.2m of government funding to begin trials of a fast-charging technology for electric vehicles.
The company’s technology, which uses on/off grid and renewable sources for EV charging, is claimed to be capable of delivering over 400kW to charge a vehicle in minutes. It will be trialed on a fleet of electric vehicles operated in South London by local food delivery service Farmdrop.
The company claims that its technology represents a step change in how EVs are charged, and that it is the first charging technology able to meet the demands of electric commercial vehicles with long and demanding duty cycles.
The firm is based at Coventry’s proving factory – an initiative set up to strengthen the UK automotive supply chain, by helping fledgling technology companies to establish their own manufacturing processes.
The Zapinamo trials will be supported by Warwick Manufacturing Group, which will be drawing on its experience of complex power electronics to define the conversion technology for the system’s local battery energy store which delivers the fast charging whilst being gradually recharged from the mains.
The funding boost is part of a £20m bundle of investments in low carbon vehicle projects announced by the government earlier this month (Jan 2017).