Booster announced April 22 the expansion of its service to include on-demand electric vehicle (EV) charging. The capability makes Booster the first technology company to expand its platform beyond conventional to renewable energy.
As it grows to meet the demand of mixed fleets serving the last-mile delivery economy, Booster's telematics enable the company to distribute energy more efficiently. The company is building on its conventional energy capabilities to meet the increased demand for EVs, broadening the benefits of its service to potentially 500,000+ electric vehicles in California.
Frank Mycroft, CEO and co-founder of Booster, said, "Our mobile platform serves more than 100,000 customers, and has already eliminated more than 4 million pounds of CO2 emissions. Booster is transforming the way energy is delivered and supporting aggressive climate change goals at the same time."
Booster launches its new offering as President Joe Biden and California Governor Gavin Newsom push bold new plans for carbon neutrality, and as e-commerce and logistics giants such as FedEx and USPS plan for mixed fleets. According to the California Energy Commission, the state will need 1.5 million EV charging stations by 2030 to meet projected demand.
Booster's mobile charging service will supplement the often inadequate charging infrastructure at existing customer locations. The service aims to provide additional peace of mind for EV owners, ensuring they don't have to rely exclusively on fixed charging stations. In addition, mobile EV charging offers an alternative in the event of temporary brown/black outs, keeping EVs up and running even in regions that don't have easy access to charging stations.
The pilot service will be available to select customers in the San Francisco Bay Area starting summer 2021 via the Booster app.