AAA Pioneers Mobile Electric Vehicle Charging Services

Mobile Charging Station by We're not certain if the batteries are recharging while the vehicle is movingAAA Auto Clubs are rolling out mobile electric vehicle (EV) charging services to their members who drive vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf or the Chevy Volt PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle).

The roadside assistance trucks that traditionally helped stranded motorists with a gallon of gasoline now provide a quick charge to help EV owners get to the nearest charging station. 

"As the electric vehicle market continues to emerge, AAA is ready to help alleviate some "range anxiety" with the ability to provide a charge to electric vehicles on the roadside that gets drivers back on the go quickly," said Marshall Doney, AAA Automotive Vice President.

The trucks will offer 10 to 15 minutes of Level 2 (240-volt) or Level 3 (440-volt) charge time using a removable lithium-ion battery pack manufactured by Green Charge Networks. AAA integrated its EV charging services with its established services of jump-starts, battery replacement, tire changes and fuel delivery.

By bundling the all services on one truck, AAA found a cost-effective way to offer an innovative charging to Plug-in EV owners.

EV Charge Station for Nissan Leaf carries the ZeroEmission logo
EV Charge Station for Nissan Leaf carries the ZeroEmission logo

AAA highlighted its first roadside assistance truck offering the EV charging service at the Plug-in 2011 Conference in Raleigh, NC, June 18 ? 21. That truck is now on its way to Portland, Oregon, to work in a pilot program testing the new EV charging service. Other pilot programs will roll out over the next few months in Knoxville, Tennessee, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington and Tampa, Florida.