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July 26, 2011

AAA Unveils Battery-Charging Roadside Assistance Truck

AAA's new recharging trucks are making their debut in six metropolitan areas later this summer

In response to the increasing presence of electric cars on American roadways, AAA recently unveiled a new roadside assistance vehicle capable of recharging the batteries of stranded EVs. Using Green Charge Networks technology and a removable lithium-ion battery pack that allows for mobile charging, the new trucks will provide 10 to 15 minutes of charge time, or up to 15 miles, for EV drivers to either return home or find a nearby charging station. According to the Auto Club, the EV-friendly assistance vehicles will still provide traditional AAA service, including jump starts, tire changes and conventional fuel delivery.

First revealed to the public at the Plug-In 2011 electric vehicle conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, AAA's recharging trucks will be deployed in six U.S. metropolitan markets later this summer: Los Angeles; the San Francisco Bay area; Seattle; Tampa Bay; Portland, Oregon and Knoxville, Tennessee. The Auto Club said it plans to expand the fleet to additional cities across the country following a trial period in the initial six locations.

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