SparkCharge raises $3.3 million to scale production of its portable, modular charger

SparkCharge, which was profiled in the July/August 2019 issue of Charged, has developed a portable, modular charger that’s designed to provide anytime/anyplace charging on demand.

Now the company has announced the closing of $3.3 million in seed round financing led by Point Judith Capital (PJC) with participation from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, PEAK6 Strategic Capital, M&T Bank and Tale Venture Partners. This round brings SparkCharge’s total funding to $5 million since its 2017 launch. The company plans to use the new investment to scale up manufacturing and aggressively expand development of its products.

SparkCharge’s Portable Ultra-Fast Charger is 100% electric, and is charged using traditional 120- or 240-volt household outlets, avoiding the air pollution that would be created by a gas-powered EV charger. Potential customers include roadside assistance companies, insurance firms, delivery companies, hotels and automakers.

Modules are easily stacked on top of each other, like Lego blocks, to increase the range delivered. The system is compact and light: it’s designed to fit easily in the trunk of a car and to be easily carried by hand. According to SparkCharge, it’s capable of adding range at a rate of one mile per minute of charging.

“We focus on listening to our customers and the EV market to create a product that will effectively remove the barriers to electric vehicle ownership,” says SparkCharge founder and CEO Joshua Aviv. “Our product opens the door for utilities, cities, roadside assistance and on-demand service companies to provide range to EVs faster and more effectively, regardless of location.”

“EV sales growth is far outpacing the infrastructure growth needed to support such a thriving market,” says Zaid Ashai, Venture Partner at PJC. “This dynamic puts SparkCharge’s innovative portable ultra-fast chargers in a position to partner with new and existing businesses to cure range anxiety.”

Source: SparkCharge

  • Ormond Otvos

    Heavy. Carrying it reduces your range.
    Hypermiling is fun!

    • Lance Pickup

      With the cost of this thing, it’s main application is going to be for rescue operations, not something you would just carry around all the time.

  • Pat Campbell

    I already have an Apex Solar Battery and have attempted unsuccessfully to use it to charge our Tesla 3. It puts out a continuous 500W at 120V and weighs 23#. I was told that Tesla’s can’t use this low of an output. What are the charging working specs here? A mile a minute claim needs more backup data Mr. Morris.

    • Lance Pickup

      Not surprising. The J1772 standard goes down to 720W (6A/120V), so that alone would be a limiting factor, and Tesla may only let you go down to 8A, which would be 960W.

      This particular unit operates as a DC charger (CHAdeMO compatiable) and supports 40A output (around 15kW output power). You can find this data on the spec sheet (found by clicking the SparkCharge link at the bottom of the article). Of course each of the stackable battery packs weighs 48 pounds and only has just over 3kWh of usable energy, so that 15kW of peak output power is not going to last very long, but for a roadside assistance application it should be able to add around the claimed mile per minute for 10 minutes or so.

      • Pat Campbell

        Thanks Lance 🙂

  • SJC_1

    Tow truck drivers might carry one.

  • jstack6

    They still need the CCS Fast Charge port. That will open a lot of use.