Range anxiety is something common in the first modern electric cars apart from the Tesla Roadster. You usually had a range of 100 km or less. And depending on the way you drove, or the equipment you had to turn on, such as heater and headlights, your range could rapidly fall to half the total. A German company wants to end this problem by providing a sort of swappable battery, but somehow different. Instead of replacing the batteries in your car, you add new ones to them. With a small trailer full of batteries. This is the idea from Nomadic Power.
Its first product, called 1-100 series, can be equipped with a large set of batteries. They go from a 20 kWh pack, which provides up to 100 km of range, to a 85 kWh pack, able to ensure 450 km of range. In the company’s configurator, you not only choose the size of the additional batteries, but also the model of your car. This way, the company can provide the best sort of trailer to your vehicle.
Nomadic Power also asks whether you have photovoltaic panels in your house. If you do, the Nomadic 1-100 can store this energy and serve as a back-up power source in case of energy shortages. Or even to supply energy to your house when fares are higher, in peak times, and store energy when it is cheaper, something possible with smart grids.
The smart move from Nomadic Power is to clearly state it is not necessary to have huge battery packs for daily commuting. Small battery packs can easily take most people to work and bring them back, what makes them cheaper. Studies show that most people do not drive more than 50 km every single day. On weekends, or whenever the driver wants to travel, all that is needed is to connect the Nomadic 1-100 to the car and go. In other words, they are selling a battery pack that can assist you at home and when you need to drive further. Quite a clever approach to make the electric car something more accessible and, yet, exempt it from the feared range anxiety.