BP Invests In Mobile EV Charging Company FreeWire

FEB 18 2018 BY MARK KANE 14

BP announced a $5 million investment in the FreeWire Technologies Inc., developer of mobile electric vehicle charging systems – Mobi Chargers.

FreeWire Mobi Charger

The first time we heard of Mobi Chargers was around three years ago. The device was equipped with CHAdeMO (for 50 kW DC) or two J1772 plugs (for 2x 7.5 kW) and its own 48 kWh battery pack.

Now, it seems that BP is trying to commercialize the idea. This year FreeWire’s Mobi Charger units will be trialed at selected BP retail sites in the UK and other countries in Europe.

Tufan Erginbilgic, chief executive, BP Downstream, said:

“Mobility is changing and BP is committed to remaining the fuel retailer of choice into the future. EV charging will undoubtedly become an important part of our business, but customer demand and the technologies available are still evolving.

“Using FreeWire’s mobile system we can respond very quickly and provide charging facilities at forecourts where we see the greatest demand without needing to make significant investments in today’s fixed technologies and infrastructure. The opportunity also to explore options for providing charging services away from our existing retail sites makes FreeWire an ideal partner for BP.”

FreeWire Mobi Chargers

Arcady Sosinov, CEO of FreeWire Technologies said:

“We applaud BP’s commitment to providing a wide range of charging methods for its global customer base. The Mobi Charger can be quickly and cost effectively scaled across vast transportation networks — flexibility that delivers benefits all along the EV charging value chain. We are thrilled that BP, which is such a significant provider of transportation infrastructure, has acknowledged the promise of our solution through this investment and partnership.”

David Gilmour, vice president of BP Ventures, added:

“BP first worked with FreeWire through the RocketSpace Tech Mobility Accelerator, and we believe its mobile fast charging technology will be one of a number of fuelling options that will be needed to address the future of lower carbon mobility. We were encouraged by FreeWire’s expertise and their product. We are excited to be making this investment and to continue working with them, testing customer demand for the product and further developing the offering for the fast growing EV supply equipment market.”

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Texas FFE
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Texas FFE

The Mitsubishi Outlander has CHAdeMO receptacle. Bolt one of these things to a utility trailer, hitch the trailer to the Outlander and you got yourself a range extender for an Outlander.

WARREN
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I would assume the battery is a buffer, and most of the time it would be hooked up to 240v charging between sessions. It would make no sense to crate these over by a gas guzzling truck in order to provide charging for one new LEAF before it is almost exhausted. But as scalable battery storage, not a bad idea.

guyinacar
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guyinacar

So that’s eight rubber tires, one 240v electrical connection, and two human feet as the only visible earth ground? Good. Perfect. Carry on.

Ben
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Ben

Whats your point? You seem to lack some basic knowledge about the type of electrical grids.

Warren
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After you hire an attendant to move this thing around, wouldn’t it be easier to just have an attendant move the cars to a normal charging outlet?

Mister G
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Mister G

BP spilled 210 million barrels of oil in gulf of mexico on april 20 2010 we will never forget and that was one reason I leased a 2012 leaf and now lease a 2016 leaf. CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS

Rightofthepeople
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Rightofthepeople

Thanks for the reminder, I had forgotten about that!

😉

MM
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MM

If I thought it would only take a half hour and maybe $20 to charge my Leaf wherever it ran out of battery it would seem like my battery just grew by at least 20%.

Mike A
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Mike A

$20 to charge a Leaf?
Wouldn’t more than $7 or 8 be a ripoff?
Plug-in at home for a couple bucks….

Dan
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Dan

In that case you would be better off by buying a plugin hybrid. Not only that it is free wire, it should be free human. Automatically guided vehicle folks! BP is setting up a trap here to demo and tell ppl it doesn’t make sense to buy a EV because you have to pay them more than gas to charge it. What a joke I might add.

Mike A
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Mike A

How about hooking it up to a remote solar array big enough to charge the car(s) plugged in. Avoiding transmission lines.
Ya I know, already exists. A good thing.

Dan
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Dan

It’s for emergency repurposed only! It wears out that big battery as well which you will pay for!

Dan
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Dan

Just buy a plugin hybrid which has enough range for your commuting distance. That’s the most sensible choice until we see every parking space in highway rest area are provided with 240V or 480V level 2 AC outlet.

Craigs401
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Craigs401

Based a track record that goes back years, I’ll never plug in my EV at a gas station!