Mobile charging truck rescues depleted EVs

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17 July 2011: AAA Electric car charger photo shoot in Raleigh, N.C.17 July 2011: AAA Electric car charger photo shoot in Raleigh, N.C.

An electric vehicle (EV) depletes its battery and is stuck on the side of the road without a charger anywhere in sight.

Getting towed is an option, but AAA has even a better solution: an electric vehicle mobile charging unit.

The white Ford F-250 looks like a utility truck, but make no mistake, it features that familiar an iconic AAA logo on the doors.

When a AAA member calls for service, the truck shows up with level two and level three charging options.

AAA will provide 10 to 15 minutes of charge time, which they report will provide three to 15 miles of driving range, or at least enough to make it to the next charging station.

Since being deployed in 2011, AAA’s mobile charging trucks have had thousands of service calls, according to electrek.co.

Not surprisingly, the charger trucks are available in metro areas where electric vehicles are used the most, which currently includes Denver, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.