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June 17, 2011

AAA to Offer Roadside Charging Service Starting This Summer



AAA, the nation's largest motor club, announced to members of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) on Friday that it has a fully functioning electric vehicle mobile charging unit ready to deploy for its roadside assistance operations.

The Orlando, Florida-based motor club said that it will unveil the latest addition to its fleet of roadside assistance vehicles at the Plug-In 2011 Conference & Exposition in Raleigh, N.C., July 18-21, and begin initial deployment in select cities across the country later this summer.

"For more than 100 years, AAA has been a leader in addressing the needs of the motoring public. Dating back to the early days of the automobile, AAA has kept the pulse of the ever-changing automotive industry, and that continues today, as we ready AAA's emergency road service operations to address the emerging electric vehicle market," said John Nielsen, AAA National Director of Auto Repair, Buying Services and Consumer Information.

"AAA is proud to announce today to the membership of the EDTA that it is the first in the nation to have a full production level-two and level-three mobile charging unit that will be unveiled next month and deployed into the field to begin servicing AAA members later this summer," continued Nielsen.

Engineering standards development group SAE International defines 240 Volt AC charging as level 2 charging, and 500 Volt DC high-current charging as level 3 charging.

For more information, visit the AAA website.


Cheryl Kaften is an accomplished communicator who has written for consumer and corporate audiences. She has worked extensively for MasterCard (News - Alert) Worldwide, Philip Morris USA (Altria), and KPMG, and has consulted for Estee Lauder and the Philadelphia Inquirer Newspapers. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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