Announcing the Techstars Alabama Energytech Accelerator Fall Class of 2023

BIRMINGHAM, AL (September 11, 2023) – Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator is proud to announce the 12 startups selected for the Fall Class of 2023. These promising, early-stage companies are addressing challenges in categories such as Energytech, ClimateTech, Sustainability, and more. Read more

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Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator launches fourth class of startups

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The Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator has kicked off its new class of 12 startups. (Elizabeth Raymond / Alabama News Center)

The 2023 class of Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator is underway, and it’s the biggest one ever.

This year’s cohort includes 12 companies — up from 10 in prior years — from nine U.S. states and the nation of Latvia that will undergo an intensive, 13-week mentoring program in Birmingham.

The new class is the fourth for Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator, which was founded in 2020. With the 2023 class, the program has welcomed 42 companies from across the United States and around the globe. Over its first three years, under the leadership of Managing Director Nate Schmidt and Program Manager Brooke Gillis, Techstars Alabama companies created over 200 jobs, including 32 that have remained in the state. The goal of their successors in those respective roles, Matthew Jaeh and Rae’Mah Henderson, is to continue building on that success. Read more

Behold the First Airport in the World to Pilot Mobile Robotic EV Charging Solution

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) Airport has named ZiGGY, the new robotic EV charger from EV Safe Charge, as a participant in the airport’s pilot program to assess cutting-edge EV-charging approaches this summer.

ZiGGY is the first and only mobile EV charger that aims to affordably and safely meet the EV charging needs of virtually any commercial parking lot – including airports – and offer a built-in communications and advertising platform to create a revenue stream for sites and maximize EV owner engagement.

This airport demonstration is the first of its kind anywhere. DFW’s Innovation and Planning teams will host a series of EV charging demonstrations from May through August.

Airports must meet the growing demand for travelers owning EVs to easily charge while they fly,” explained Caradoc Ehrenhalt, founder and CEO, EV Safe Charge. “In evaluating potential technologies for their pilot, DFW chose to display the tech offered by ZiGGY due to its innovative flexibility to reach every car in a parking lot, not just a few spaces. We look forward to working with DFW with the goal of identifying more options to service their expanding EV-driving traveler base, and we are thrilled to be part of this historic moment.” Read more

DFW Airport Chooses ZiGGY, the Robotic EV Charger, for Groundbreaking Demonstration Program

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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is preparing to showcase ZiGGY, the innovative robotic electric vehicle (EV) charger from EV Safe Charge, as a part of its summer demonstration program. This series of demonstrations, planned from May through August, aims to evaluate advanced EV-charging methodologies. Notably, ZiGGY is the premier mobile EV charger designed to address the charging requirements of almost any commercial parking space, including airports. Beyond its core function, it also features an integrated communications and advertising platform, offering potential additional revenue sources and enhancing EV owner engagement.

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Robotic EV charger will get a test at Texas airport

A robotic EV charger will be put to the test at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in the coming months as part of a pilot program for innovative charging solutions.

Developed by EV Charge Safe, the robot charger, dubbed Ziggy, goes to a car in need of charging plug-ins, and then returns to a staging area for recharging. The mobile unit can also carry advertising as a source of revenue. Read more

Robotic EV Charging Is Being Tested in Texas

EV charging robots are being demonstrated in parking lots at the Dallas Fort Worth Airport this summer.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport will host the world’s first mobile, robotic EV charging demonstration this summer for passengers and employees alike with electric vehicles.

The robot performing the charging is named ZiGGY, and it is to come to your car parked in a DFW Airport parking lot when summoned, charge your car and then drive itself back to its base.

ZiGGY is the creation of Los Angeles-based EV Safe Charge, a privately held company that specializes in flexible EV charging technologies. It creates and implements temporary charging solutions for its large-scale commercial customers, including Jaguar, Porsche, Stellantis, Nissan, Audi, Daimler and Harley-Davidson, among others.

The company was chosen by DFW Airport to participate in a program to demonstrate a series of cutting-edge EV charging stations, DFW Airport said. The demonstration program is scheduled to run from May through August.


In the above YouTube video, ZiGGY is booked by a driver well away from the parking lot where ZiGGY resides. The robot then finds an open parking space, saves it by parking itself there and then notifies the driver what space it has reserved. Once the car arrives, ZiGGY moves out of the way, goes behind the vehicle and starts the charging process. When it’s time to leave, ZiGGY automatically goes back to its station to recharge itself.

“In evaluating potential technologies for their demonstration, DFW chose to display the tech offered by ZiGGY due to its innovative flexibility to reach every car in a parking lot, not just a few spaces,” Caradoc Ehrenhalt, founder and CEO of EV Safe Charge said in a statement.

Once mobile charging becomes commonplace, it could go a long way towards solving the annoying issue of ICEing, when a vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine takes the parking space in front of a charger.

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