BYD dealer launches electric car salvage charging service in Australia

There could soon be a roadside assistance service in Australia for electric cars that run out of charge.

Chinese electric car dealer BYD in Australia has outlined plans for a new service that will come to the rescue of vehicles that have run out of charge on the side of the road.

Known as EV2U, the new business venture, led by Luke Todd, CEO of Australian BYD EVDirect dealer: Said to consist of a fleet of vans that can give a stranded electric car a short burst of power to reach a nearby charging station.

The EV2U van network will be rolled out in Australia from March this year, and will be available to drivers of all electric cars, according to Todd.

In a social media response to video of a BYD Atto 3 electric car driving range test, Todd said: “If it had run out of charge, we could (have) shipped one of our EV2U mobile charging vans that could I have recharged you with a range of 10 km.”

“We will roll out EV2U mobile chargers nationwide during 2023 to minimize range anxiety and improve overall (electric vehicle) usability.”

Mr. Todd said Handle today: “The details of the bull will be released when we launch in March and it will be a [electric vehicle market] wide range of accessible services.

If expanded to the scale Todd says is planned, the EV2U network of electric car salvage cargo vans would be the first of its kind to be available nationwide.

It would not be the first in the country, however, as the RACV motoring club in Victoria announced last year it would begin testing a similar service in its home state using converted roadside assistance vans.

over a decade ago, in 2011the RACV’s New South Wales equivalent, the NRMA, conducted a similar six-month trial with a roadside assistance vehicle in Sydney.

The NRMA website shows that this service has never been rolled out on a large scale, and stranded electric car drivers who request NRMA roadside assistance will be offered a tow truck ride to the nearest charging station or to their destination. .

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flipping through car magazines to an early age to grow around performance. vehicles in a car-loving family.

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