AAA Colorado Eases EV Range Anxiety with Roadside Charge Capability


AAA EV Truck Charging Unit

Denver, April 21 – In celebration of Earth Day 2015, AAA Colorado will unveil a truck that can quick charge electric vehicles on the roadside. The truck will be displayed at Earth Day Denver held at Civic Center Park on Wednesday, April 22.

The launch of the electric vehicle (EV) charging truck means AAA Colorado can now come to the rescue of its members with depleted electric vehicles and provide a sufficient charge to reach a charging station. The number one reason consumers cite for not purchasing an electric vehicle is fear that the vehicle will have insufficient electrical charge to reach the destination. AAA Colorado’s roadside quick charge capability could ease the ‘range anxiety’ experienced by EV owners. This on-the-go solution could save most EV owners the inconvenience and potential cost of a tow.

“Denver has been ranked among the top friendliest metropolitan areas for drivers of electric vehicles. AAA Colorado is pleased to add to that reputation by making this roadside service available to its members. AAA has long been a leader in addressing the needs of motorists, providing jump starts, tows, new batteries, fuel and locksmith services to our members in need. With the introduction of mobile electric vehicle charging, AAA is continuing that tradition,” says Tony DeNovellis, President and CEO of AAA Colorado.

The electric vehicle charging truck can charge all current EVs at Level II (240 volts @ 30 amps) as well as provide an 80 amps charge – the first mobile unit in the nation capable of doing so. AAA will provide members with discharged electric vehicles a quick charge in as little as 15 minutes, which will allow the vehicle to be driven up to 10 miles (depending on the vehicle).

The truck is the first mobile charging unit in the state to be powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), a cleaner source of fuel than traditional choices. The CNG that fuels the EV charging unit can also provide an emergency supply to a stranded CNG-powered vehicle. The truck is further equipped to provide traditional AAA Roadside Assistance capabilities to all motorists, such as battery testing and replacements, jump starts, tire changes and fuel delivery.

AAA Colorado has recently added a Level II electric charging station at the Denver retail store located at 4100 E. Arkansas Ave. The charging station will be available to AAA members and the public at no cost, while doing business with AAA. Plans are to install charging stations at additional AAA Colorado retail stores as member demand requires.

Again this year AAA Colorado is supporting Earth Day with its Great Battery Round-up recycling effort. AAA Colorado will collect old car batteries for recycling between Monday, April 20 and Friday, April 24, Consumers can bring used car batteries to over thirty locations around the state for recycling at no charge. For drop off locations visit AAA.com/batteryroundup.

AAA Colorado encourages all motorists to recycle their old automotive batteries. Batteries are made of hazardous materials, and it’s imperative that they not be left sitting around the house or discarded with trash. A typical car battery contains 21 pounds of lead, plastic and sulfuric acid. Nearly all (97%) of the materials in a car battery can be recycled and reused in new batteries. However, it is estimated some five million batteries are not recycled each year. Improper disposal puts these toxic substances into landfills and groundwater instead.

AAA Colorado also offers a year-round battery pick-up service for Denver metro residents. Call 303-753-8800, ext 8253, or email battery@colorado.aaa.com to schedule battery pick-up from your home or business.

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AAA Colorado has more than 600,000 members and is an advocate for safety and security for all travelers. As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides over 54 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services, as well as member exclusive savings.