AAA ready to deploy mobile EV charging units
North American EV drivers in need of roadside assistance could soon be getting a helping hand from AAA, as it deploys mobile charging units in select locations in the U.S. (Photo: CC)
Earlier this month, the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) and Nissan began testing a new roadside service vehicle equipped with a charger, to assist stranded electric vehicles (EVs). Now, the American Automobile Association (AAA) is about to launch a similar pilot project, where mobile charging units will join the roadside assistance fleets in six test regions - a significant marker along the path to mass adoption of the EV in North America.
The AAA's new full production level-two and level-three electric vehicle mobile charging units will be unveiled proper at the Plug-In 2011 Conference & Exposition in Raleigh, North Carolina - which runs from July 18 to 21 - where details of initial deployment locations will also be revealed. Christie Hyde from the AAA says that interest shown by other regional AAA clubs is high, and the motoring organization anticipates that the scheme will quickly expand beyond the initial six regions.
The new units will go into service within the next few months, and join similar solutions recently launched by Australia's Club Assist and Switzerland's Nation-E, in offering some peace of mind to EV drivers.
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Wow, things are lookin\' good !!
Think 2011 will be the year of coup de grace for those combustion monsters:)
It would have been nice to know how long these charge times on stranded vehicles take. Surely, they won\'t be expected to charge overnight to get them going.
EVs will fall out of favor again, when people realize how pathetic they really are again, and the hoax of AGW passes.
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