AAA planning to deploy fast-charging trucks to help drivers of electric cars

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 21, 2011

If the batteries on your electric vehicle run down, a fast-charging truck will be deployed by AAA (the largest motorist group in the U.S.) to where you’re located. AAA, which is based in Orlando, Fla., will begin testing the trucks in August.

Christie Hyde, an AAA spokeswoman, said that the group will initially have at least six "mobile charging units" in states like California, Oregon, Washington, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. Hyde said that AAA is preparing for the arrival of the electric vehicles. She didn’t divulge details about the price of these units or what companies built them.

She stated that AAA is testing chargers from several suppliers. So far, the electric vehicles that are available include the Leaf and Tesla Motors Inc.'s Roadster.

The major automakers are working on creating more electric vehicles to the lineup, making the development of charging infrastructure necessary. Carmakers are being urged by governments to improve their fuel efficiency and to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and pollutants.

In anticipation of the arrival of more electric vehicles, the networks of power companies are being upgraded with the use of so-called smart meters and new transformers to guarantee that customers are able to easily recharge at home. In fact, companies like General Electric Co. are working to develop charging stations.

Hyde said that AAA will reveal its first "mobile charging unit" at an electric vehicle conference in Raleigh, N.C., this July. Earlier this month, Nissan and the Japan Automobile Federation said that they will be testing charger trucks to repower electric cars that have stalled on the roads in Japan.

Topics: electric car

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