Electric vehicle (EV) drivers: AAA has come to the rescue for people in the Seattle area who are worried about getting stuck and out of power.
The roadside assistance moto club is now equipped in the Seattle area with fast-charging mobile service to help EV owners with range anxiety.
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AAA Washington joins other AAA clubs in Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles to provide level-3 roadside charging, according to the company. 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, according to the company.
AAA Washington’s mobile charging truck also is equipped to provide light-duty emergency road service, including: battery testing, jump start and replacement; unlock services; tire changes; gas delivery and minor repairs, according to AAA.
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, according to the company.
The mobile charging trucks in Oregon and California are different in that they 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.
-- Information from AAA