Posted on March 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Wednesday, Mar 20 at 7:20 PM
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Electric vehicle drivers who run out of juice on the road can now get a roadside charge from AAA in Washington.
The roadside service company launched its first mobile charging truck in the state Wednesday, as an alternative to towing electric vehicles to a charging station. The truck can provide members with all-electric vehicles 10-to-15 minutes of charge time. That wil allow the vehicle to drive three to 15 miles to a charging station.
Similar to existing AAA trucks, the new unit can also provide light-duty emergency road services, such as jump starts and tire changes.
The truck is the fourth in AAA’s fleet on the West Coast, but the first in Washington. It's also the first to provide a charge from the truck’s engine. The other three vehicles in Oregon and California create the power using gasoline or alternative fuels.