BYD dealer launches electric car rescue charging service in Australia

BYD dealer launches electric car rescue charging service in Australia

Australia could soon have a breakdown service for electric cars that are out of charge.

The dealer of Chinese BYD electric cars in Australia has outlined plans for a new service aimed at helping vehicles running out of charge at the side of the road.

Known as EV2U, the new venture, led by Luke Todd, CEO of Australian BYD dealer EVDirect, is said to consist of a fleet of vans that can give a stranded electric car a brief burst of energy to reach a nearby charging station.

According to Mr Todd, the network of EV2U vans is set to be rolled out across Australia this year – but few other details of the program are known.

In a social media response to a video of a range test of a BYD Atto 3 electric car, Mr Todd said: “If you had run out of charge, we could (should) have sent one of our EV2U mobile charging vans that could have done 10 km range charged.”

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

It’s unclear if the EV2U service is affiliated with BYD and if it will be exclusive to BYD vehicles – or if it will be available to drivers of all electric car brands.

It is also not known how the power is generated – either by a petrol or diesel generator in the rear of the van or a large battery pack that is charged externally. drive has contacted Mr. Todd for further details.

If expanded at the scale Todd says is planned, the EV2U network of electric car ambulance chargers would be the first of its kind to be available nationwide.

However, it would not be the first in the country – like the RACV Motoring Club in Victoria announced last year It would begin testing a similar service in its home state using retrofit roadside assistance vans.

More than a decade ago, in 2011, the New South Wales equivalent of the RACV, the NRMA, ran a similar trial using a roadside assistance vehicle in Sydney for six months.

The NRMA’s website reveals that this service was never implemented on a large scale – and stranded EV drivers who request NRMA roadside assistance are 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 launched his own website Redline. He worked for Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from leafing through car magazines at a young age to growing up surrounded by performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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