AAA to launch fast-charging trucks for stranded electric vehicles, Edmunds says
To combat range anxiety among electric vehicle drivers, AAA plans to launch trucks equipped with fast charger units to rescue battery-powered cars in need of rejuicing.
The motorist group, which provides emergency services to drivers around the country, will unveil the first system at a North Carolina conference in July, according to the AutoObserver blog at Edmunds.com.
Later this summer, the fleet of trucks will start rolling out in selected cities.
Fear of being stranded without power is one of the major roadblocks to electric vehicle adoption. Most drivers will need to spend hours charging vehicles like the Nissan Leaf in their homes.
Massive efforts are underway to install public charging infrastructure in major cities. Some companies, such as Cleveland-based Eaton Corp., have already started developing charger trucks.
-- Tiffany Hsu
Photo: Heidi Bray, of Olympia, Wash., demonstrates how she charges her Nissan Leaf at the new ECOtality Blink Commercial charging stations in Seattle. Credit: Associated Press / Seattle Times