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AAA Unveils Roadside Assistance Truck Capable of Charging EVs
In brief: AAA has unveiled North America's first roadside assistance truck capable of recharging an electric vehicle.
The nation's most popular supplemental auto insurer and road club has unveiled a truck in Raleigh, North Carolina - with more to roll out in other cities - that is capable of several charge options to partially refill the depleted batteries of an electric car or truck.
The roadside assistance truck can recharge at Level 2 (240V) or Level 3 (up to 500V DC) on the roadside. The service will work in a way similar to the club's gas-can service to get a vehicle to the nearest station.
The trucks will deploy into six major metro areas as a pilot program. These include Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Knoxville, and Tampa Bay. The rollout is phased through the fall this year.
The AAA service will provide 10 to 15 minutes of charge time to members - enough to get roughly 3-15 miles to the nearest charging station or garage.
And so ...
Very cool. Expect to see more of this as EVs become more common.
Photo credits: AAA
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