Meet The Real Power $95,000 Mobile Quick Charge Truck


Real Power’s Mobile EV Quick Charge Vehicle is now officially for sale to fleets, the general public and any parties who may be interested in owning a truck capable of quick (and slow, as an added option) charging of electric vehicles.

“The most reliable, cost-effective and efficient means of recharging an EV without relying on grid power.”

Claims Real Power.

This mobile quick-charge truck has been on sale for some time now, but Real Power wants to spread the word that it’s accepting orders from the public (perhaps you’re interested in starting your own mobile EV quick charger business.

“The self-contained system allows for Level 3 DC fast charging of compatible electric vehicles and uses Real Power‘s patented PTO-driven generator technology. It can deliver a full Level III DC charge in 20-30 minutes while using less than one gallon of fuel! Base pricing starts around $95,000 US*.”

Real Power Mobile Quick Charge Truck

Real Power Mobile Quick Charge Truck

Standard Features of the Mobile EV Quick Charge vehicle include:

  • 2012 GMC 3500HD 2wd Cab Chassis (reg. cab)
  • 137” Wheelbase
  • 6.6L Duramax Turbodiesel engine
  • 6-speed Allison automatic transmission with Power Take-Off (PTO) provision 67KW 208V 3-phase Real Power integrated AC Generator
  • Convenience outlet panel with 4 – 120V and 1 – 240V outlets, voltmeter and e-stop
  • CHAdeMO compliant 50KW DC fast charger and connector works with a variety of EVs
  • Steel Flat Bed BodyAvailable options are listed after the pictures below
Real Power Mobile Quick Charge Truck With Optional J1772

Real Power Mobile Quick Charge Truck With Optional J1772

Available Options:

  • 4-door Crew Cab
  • Level 2 SAE J1772 Charger(s)
  • LED Night Lighting package
  • Aluminum bed and storage boxes
  • Wifi Hotspot
  • Electric air compressor and hose reel
  • Strobe light package
  • Auxiliary fuel tank (up to 100 gal.)
  • Remote start/PTO operation

Of interest to you?  Check out Real Power’s site for more details.

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24 responses to "Meet The Real Power $95,000 Mobile Quick Charge Truck"
  1. Big Solar says:

    Is there one of these near Annapolis Md? I need a 240 charge somewhere between Lorton VA (auto train) and Easton Md. on Wednesday. Maybe there is a charger in Annapolis that is free? I dont have one of those charge point cards and it takes 7 to 10 days to get one.

  2. GeorgeS says:

    So they don’t have an auxiliary power unit (Diesel engine). They just use the main engine (Duramax) that powers the truck down the road. They use a PTO shaft to drive the generator. I wonder where the generator is located? I doubt it is in the white box on the bed of the truck as that would be a long and torturous route for the pto shaft. Boy that’s a lot of conversion equipment in the white box then.

    J1772 is an option? boy that’s weird.

    1. Big Solar says:

      Yeah, seems like VIA technology might work better?

      1. GeorgeS says:

        agreed. I want an aluminum VIA truck.
        Maybe Ford could make one 🙂

    2. GSP says:

      The 67 kW generator will take 90-100 hp to run. That is enough load to run the Duramax very efficiently. The Duramax diesel is also required to meet much more stringent emissions standards than a auxiliary generator, a real benefit to people working near the truck. A100 hp auxiliary engine would also be big, heavy, and expensive.

      This Real Power PTO driven generator is really the best solution for cost, maintenance, and environmental footprint.


  3. GeorgeS says:

    Just verified from the web site. The generator is driven off the main engine and mounted under the truck.

    You’d think for $100,000 you’d at least get a super efficient auxiliary generator. Using the main engine probably results in a fuel consumption penalty since you are running the main engine at part load.

    1. mustang_sallad says:

      In terms of fuel economy and CO2 output, you’re right that a separate engine/generator would be best, but if you care about air quality, the truck’s engine will be a lot cleaner.

      1. GeorgeS says:

        It all depends on what APU you get.
        As I said the main engine will be running at part load off its peak efficiency island. An APU matched closer to the generator’s max output would be operating at its min sfc point and has the potential for more efficient operation and lower CO2 output.

        1. GeorgeS says:

          and better air quality

          1. GSP says:


            Check out the Duramax efficiency at 50-67 kW load, and EPA emissions requirements for gen-sets vs. on-road Diesels. I think you will find the Durmax better on both accounts, not to mention less expensive and no added weight compared to adding a second engine.


  4. pjwood says:

    Volt? Why conflate the need with this thing, and the Volt?

    1. GeorgeS says:

      yeh LOL…..not to confuse the general public any more. I can hear the posters comments now:

      “See I knew this Volt was no good. It only has 40 miles range then it runs out of juice and leaves you stranded. No way I’m giving up my Escalade for this thing.”

  5. GeorgeS says:

    Boy where did they find the company to paint that truck…….it looks like a New York state license plate.

  6. pete says:

    I have no idea what a VIA pickup cost, but the via fitted with the charging receptacles and additional battery pack would be far more efficient. It would also have capacity to supercharge a Tesla.

    1. Jesse Gurr says:

      It doesn’t look like it is there anymore, but before they took it down they gave the estimated price at around $80,000. The export option is just for power, you have to get the adapters if you want to charge your car at 50KW

  7. jmac says:

    Here is Japans’ take on the emergency charging truck.

  8. Jesse Gurr says:

    I wonder if AAA ordered any of these. I know they had some quick charge trucks in SoCal.

  9. ggpa says:

    I know this looks cool, but does it make $ens$e?

    Not to rain on any parade, but I wish I had some context on the $95K number. How does that compare with a regular tow truck? You know, the ones we see almost every day?

    I think it will save money to buy a rescue truck that works for all vehicles, not only EVs, and if an EV needs help, just tow it to the closest EVSE or outlet.

  10. Charlie P says:

    What is the output of the generator in kWh per hour? Another way of asking the question is this: What is the definition, in kWh, of a “full Level 3 DC charge in 20-30 minutes?”

    I’m quite skeptical of the numbers, given that a gallon of gasoline contains 33-34 kWh of energy, and an internal combustion engine sends three-quarters of that energy out the tailpipe and radiator in the form of excess heat, noise, and vibration.

    My (admittedly brief) Google search yields an output of (smaller) 4 kWh per gallon from a gasoline-powered generator sold by Home Depot.

    A typical “full charge” of an electric car from empty is 24 kWh. Other EVs — not including Teslas with much bigger batteries — take 18 to 30 kWh.

    This article claims a “full charge,” let’s say 20 kWh, in one-third to one-half hour, on a gallon of gas. For starters, that’s one hell of a powerful unit. And I strongly doubt that it’s even remotely possible to do it with so little gasoline.

    So “Inside EVs,” cough up the real numbers, if you dare. Or is this just the umpteenth unchecked b.s. story about electric vehicles?

    1. Charlie P says:

      I shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this. For one thing, the truck is diesel, so it doesn’t lose as much heat. For another, the energy loss I mentioned is between the engine and the wheels. If the truck is sitting at idle, you could imagine it doing better.

      Still, though, I’d be interested in the output number in kWh per hour.

      1. Charlie P says:

        Here’s a standalone diesel generator that looks like it’d use 2 gallons to generate about 20 kWh in a half-hour. This would make sense given the energy content of gas and diesel. See Model RD050

        If that’s accurate, at today’s diesel prices, that a cost to the truck provider of about $8.25 for 20 kWh, or 40 cents/kWh. That’s 3-1/2 times the average electricity cost, and doesn’t include amortizing the cost of the equipment.

        We can probably figure that the efficiency of a truck-mounted generator would be lower. Now, it’s certainly a nifty tool, and I’ve got nothing against it at all.

        But I don’t think they’ll be doing a “full charge” on a gallon of fuel, unless their definition of a “full charge” is on the skimpy side. Looks to me like this one, whose specs are a lot like the other one, puts out about 10 or 12 kWh per gallon, every 10 or 15 minutes.

        This would be consistent with the inefficiency of burning hydrocarbons. But I’d be very happy to stand corrected.

    2. Jms says:

      Diesel not gas; stationary not mobile: the Duramax runs at its greatest efficiency during charging( can’t beat the ECM computer). The gen is not HP limited like all gen-sets ( 100kwh for two hours, 87kwh continuous). This may be why every major BEV car builder on face of earth has purchased or rented one or more of these systems(that’s correct). And yes it can put a prox 20kwh in a L3 BEV with less than a gallon of diodiesel.

  11. Jms says:

    Bio-diesel; not diodiesel. Also note that not all L3 ev’s charge at the same rate. We have seen one take 20kwh in less than 12 minutes. Higher energy potentials and transfer rates produce greater, more efficient charging. I have run one of these rigs at Pikes Peak, all of the other gen- sets were problematic due to 7700feet above sea level; the truck system ran without any problem; First three place BEV’s used it to kick butt.