WASHINGTON – 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. “AAA Washington’s new service is the perfect supplement to the I-5 “Electric Highway” project. 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’s mobile charging truck is the first in the nation to have the electric vehicle charging generator powered by the power takeoff (PTO) of the truck’s engine. 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 has plans to also launch this service in Tampa Bay, Fla. and Knoxville, Tenn.
To read the full press release, visit aaawa.com