EV Safe Charge Previews ZiGGY – an EV charging robot

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ZiGGY is summoned to an EV via mobile app and will arrive at the vehicle’s parking space, ready to reserve the spot for plug-in charging. | Credit: Ev Safe Charge

EV Safe Charge, a provider of flexible electric vehicle (EV) charging technology, today unveiled a new mobile EV charging robot called ZiGGY.

ZiGGY is a completely autonomous mobile robot with a built in battery back pack. It drives itself to a parking space in a parking garage/lot where an EV owner can recharge their vehicle without having to park in a designated EV charging parking space. Ziggy then returns to its staging area where the battery back pack can be recharged.

This solution opens up new opportunities for parking garage/lot owners to service EV owners without the need to install/reserve designated EV parking/recharging spots within their lot. In addition, ZiGGY’s digital ad server can generate advertising revenue for the facility and display customized information.

“Strong EV sales and emissions reduction goals are creating a more sustainable future, but EV charging infrastructure isn’t keeping up,” said Caradoc Ehrenhalt, founder & CEO of EV Safe Charge Inc. and ZiGGY’s inventor. “ZiGGY is a flexible and simple solution for virtually any office, mall or apartment complex to help meet growing charging needs of its tenants and guests without expensive, time-consuming infrastructure and installation investment, if it’s even possible. In many cases, especially in older buildings, adding EV chargers isn’t an option until now”

Ziggy will drive to an empty parking space prior to the EV owners arrival and reserve the spot until the EV arrives. | Credit: EV Safe Charge

ZiGGY is summoned to an EV via a mobile app or in-vehicle infotainment system. ZIGGY will arrive at the vehicle’s parking space, ready to reserve the spot for plug-in charging. After charging the EV, ZiGGY will return to its home base for recharging from grid, battery or solar energy, or a combination of these.

ZiGGY can also be deployed for offsite charging if no infrastructure is available or desired onsite. ZiGGY is equipped with two extra-large screens that serve as informational kiosks or interactive advertising displays.

Charging as a Service

EV Safe Charge will lease ZiGGY to deliver “Charging as a Service” to facilities and provide ongoing technical support and maintenance. Facility operators will have the option to direct vehicle owners to the app for payment or to provide charging as an amenity. Parking operators will no longer need to block spaces for permanent EV chargers because ZiGGY can serve all parking spaces.

“We created ZiGGY in response to growing demand for flexible EV charging solutions from our customers, and to help support the global transition to a cleaner, greener, all-electric mobility future,” Ehrenhalt added. “By helping drivers to overcome charging anxiety, one of the barriers to mass EV adoption, ZiGGY is enhancing the EV charging experience for everyone.”

EV Safe Charge wanted an exciting, modern, welcoming design for ZiGGY and engaged award-winning industrial design studio, Box Clever. Using their expertise, the Box Clever team worked on the design of ZiGGY’s exterior, while also creating a holistic design experience including the UX and brand identity design for ZiGGY.

ZIGGY can be deployed to recharge EV’s where there is no existing EV charging infrastructure. | Credit: EV Safe Charge

Box Clever’s Founder and Creative Director, Bret Recor said, “Through our work on the design and branding of ZiGGY, we are delighted to be contributing to a transformative innovation that will help advance a clean energy future. We are excited to continue our design work with ZiGGY on this shared mission.”

EV Safe Charge is poised to be the first company to bring to market a mobile EV charging solution featuring communication and digital, interactive advertising. ZiGGY is currently scheduled to enter production in 2023. The company is currently taking reservations for ZiGGY.

Sites already on board for using ZiGGY include Holiday Inn Express in Redwood City, CA, Opera Plaza in San Francisco and The William Vale, a luxury hotel in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. “We delight in finding opportunities to introduce our guests and neighbors to next-level amenities and technology,” said David Lemmond, general manager of The William Vale. “ZiGGY is perfect for the growing demand for easier charging solutions. ZiGGY will introduce our entire community to just how convenient charging your EV really can be without substantial infrastructure updates.”

“We are thrilled to introduce the investment world to ZiGGY, and feel it will be well received by the market as it represents a cost-effective alternative that simplifies the EV charging infrastructure,” said Carl Norman, president of Capstone Financial Group. “ZiGGY was invented and developed by leading experts in EV charging, robotics, industrial design and engineering. We look forward to ZiGGY moving into production and to partnering with parking operators, office and residential landlords, hotels, event venues and more to support the future of flexible charging needs.”

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Mike Oitzman

Mike Oitzman is Senior Editor of WTWH's Robotics Group, cohost of The Robot Report Podcast, and founder of the Mobile Robot Guide. Oitzman is a robotics industry veteran with 25-plus years of experience at various high-tech companies in the roles of marketing, sales and product management. He can be reached at moitzman@wtwhmedia.com.