SparkCharge startup, thinks it has the answer to not enough electric vehicle charging stations!
By simply bringing the charger directly to customers, wherever they may be.
“We’ve basically created a way for electric vehicle owners to have their car charged anytime and anywhere they want,” SparkCharge CEO Josh Aviv told Yahoo
“With our mobile app – Currently – an EV owner can, with the push of a button, have range delivered to them anytime and anywhere they want, at home, at work, on the go. It really opens up a brand new way of EV charging that makes life far more convenient.”
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) May 24, 2022
The way SparkCharge works is that,
Customers summon a SparkCharge service vehicle using the company’s mobile app, Currently. The SparkCharge service vehicle comes to the customer’s location with a portable charge system called the Roadie, which is a “modular charging solution,” which is essentially several batteries stacked together into a unit, that can provide DC (direct current) fast charging on the spot.
Aviv says 60% of customers use the Currently app to get range delivered to their homes, and 40% get it delivered to where they work. At this time, use of the service as a “jumpstart,” if you will, for stranded EV drivers is also available, but so far it’s only been used infrequently.
- SparkCharge operates in four markets at the moment ,Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and Dallas.
The SparkCharge’s Series A funding round of $23 million was led by Tale Venture Partners, Pendulum, and also includes capital from entrepreneur and Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban, who originally invested in the company after hearing Aviv’s pitch on the TV show.