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New AAA truck offers roadside charging

Mercer Island Reporter Staff
March 27, 2013 · 2:53 PM

This new high-tech charging truck from AAA will assist electric vehicle motorists with ‘range anxiety’ by recharging batteries with fast level-3 charging on local highways. AAA Washington’s truck is the first PTO driven level-3 roadside charging unit in the nation, joining three other types of fast mobile chargers deployed by AAA in California and Oregon. / Contributed Photo

The Seattle/Bellevue area is one of the first regions in the nation to have a mobile electric vehicle (EV) fast charging service to help EV owners with range anxiety.

AAA now can assist members whose all-electric vehicles have run out of “fuel” with a fast level-3 charge at the roadside rather than towing them to a charging facility. On average, a 15-minute level-3 charge will allow an all-electric vehicle to go about 10 miles.

“AAA has been a leader in addressing the needs of motorists for more than a century, and the introduction of mobile electric vehicle charging continues that tradition,” said John Milbrath, AAA Washington’s Member Services vice president. “Members can now get quick charging service at the roadside in the major cities along this corridor that runs from Washington to California.”

AAA Washington joins other AAA clubs in Oregon (Portland) and California (San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles) to provide level-3 roadside charging. The mobile charging trucks in these communities create charging power through an on-board generator that is powered by gasoline or alternative fuels.

AAA Washington’s mobile charging truck is also equipped to provide light-duty emergency road service, including: battery testing, jump start and replacement; unlock services; tire changes; gas delivery and minor repairs.

The truck will provide 10 to 15 minutes of charge time to members with discharged all-electric vehicles at the roadside, which will allow the vehicle to drive three to 15 miles to a charging station, where they can further charge their vehicle.

For more, go to www.aaawin.com.


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