Portable plug-in charger increases range confidence, reduces costs to
drivers, workplaces, businesses and governments
Fits in palm of hand; plugs directly into electrical socket; no
charger installation required; weighs less than five pounds, including
Operates on 120 or 240 volts; at 240 volts it charges nearly three
times faster than standard cordsets - less than three hours for
plug-in hybrids and less than six hours for full battery electrics
UL listed with state-of-the-art safety features, including indoor and
outdoor use, highest waterproof NEMA 6P ratings, and thermal sensors
MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a leader in electric vehicle charging and the
preferred home charging solution supplier for five global automakers,
today unveiled TurboCord™
- a compact, UL-listed, dual mode 240-volt/16-amperage and 120-volt
portable charging cordset (MSRP $649) that sets a new standard for EV
charging. TurboCord is also available in a 240-volt only version (MSRP
AeroVironment's portable, dual-voltage TurboCord™ transforms electric vehicle charging. It's easy to use, convenient and saves money. TurboCord fits in the palm of the hand, fully charges a plug-in hybrid in less than three hours and weighs less than five pounds. No charger installation is required. (Photo: Business Wire)
"TurboCord is very compact, light, powerful and delivers unmatched
charging versatility. It will empower drivers to make the transition
easily from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles because it simplifies
the charging process and can reduce costs significantly," said Wahid
Nawabi, senior vice president and general manager of AeroVironment's
Efficient Energy Systems business segment.
TurboCord is packed with features that EV owners care most about and
expect from AeroVironment. It requires no charger installation - you
just plug it in - potentially saving consumers thousands of dollars.
AeroVironment's engineers designed TurboCord with key safety features,
such as waterproofing for indoor and outdoor charging, all-environment
operation and built-in thermal sensors for protection against faulty
wiring or inadequate power. And it puts the power of charging into the
hands of the EV owner because they can take it with them and charge more
rapidly away from home.
TurboCord weighs less than five pounds and plugs directly into the
electrical outlet. It has an easy-to-see LED indicator and no buttons.
Its miniaturized electronics and safety features are housed in a compact
package that also incorporates the plug. Safety is built into every
TurboCord, which is UL (Underwriters Laboratory) listed and incorporates
patent-pending technology that monitors the internal temperature of the
unit as well as the wall outlet connection, to ensure safe and reliable
charging. It is outdoor-rated, watertight with the highest waterproof
NEMA 6P rating and durability tested.
Nawabi said another feature EV owners will especially like is that
AeroVironment has eliminated the "pigtail" that comes with other
cordsets. On one end of the cord there is a small and rugged module that
contains all of the miniaturized electronics, which plugs directly into
the wall outlet. On the other end of the cord is the coupler that plugs
into the car. With TurboCord, an EV driver does not have to contend with
the clunky and heavy box on the cord between the vehicle and the wall
socket that is found on other cordsets, which can pose safety hazards.
According to Nawabi, TurboCord is a winner for everyone - the EV owner,
host businesses and car dealers. "TurboCord will deliver that extra
convenience many people are looking for before deciding to drive home
from a dealer in an EV, especially when automakers include it in the
trunks of new cars," he said. "A salesperson can open the trunk on the
lot and tell the prospective buyer they can go home and start charging
that same night if they have a 120-volt or 240-volt outlet at their
home. A similar outlet at their workplace can allow them to drive their
EV even farther."
Nawabi said he expects business owners and retail outlets will quickly
discover how easy and cost-effective it is to install 240-volt outlets
at their locations so their employees and customers can take advantage
Using TurboCord, drivers can charge a Nissan LEAF or Fiat 500e in less
than six hours. A Ford C-Max Energi plug-in and other plug-in hybrid
vehicles can charge in less than three hours. AeroVironment anticipates
that TurboCord will be especially appealing to plug-in hybrid owners.
"Research shows that plug-in hybrid owners are charging wherever they
can to squeeze out more electric miles to avoid using gasoline.
TurboCord's portability and power are perfect for these drivers because
they now have the option to charge faster with our dual-voltage
cordset," said Nawabi.
TurboCord will save EV owners money. If owners already have a NEMA 6-20R
240-volt outlet near their desired charging location, then it's as easy
as plugging in and charging; no installation required. If they do not
have a NEMA 6-20R outlet, an electrician can install one for as little
as $250. TurboCord is now available for purchase on Amazon.com
or AeroVironment's website TurboCord.com.
AeroVironment is a pioneering "EVolution" leader with decades of
experience in delivering complete EV charging solutions. In 1989, the
company co-developed the first modern-day electric car, the GM Impact.
It spent the next two decades creating charging systems and test systems
designed to make EVs and EV charging more practical. Today,
AeroVironment is a leading supplier of high-power test systems used
worldwide by automakers and advanced battery manufacturers to develop
the next generation of electric vehicles and EV charging stations.
About AeroVironment, Inc.
AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops,
produces, supports and operates an advanced portfolio of electric
transportation solutions and electric-powered Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (UAS). AeroVironment's comprehensive EV
charging solutions include EV home charging, public charging, fast
charging, data collection, grid-integrated communications and complete
installation, training and support services for consumers, automakers,
utilities, government agencies and businesses. AeroVironment's industrial
electric vehicle charging systems support thousands of electric
materials handling vehicles in mission-critical supply chains for
Fortune 500 enterprises. AeroVironment's power
cycling and test systems provide EV developers and EV battery
manufacturers with market-leading simulation and cycling capabilities.
Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services
use the company's electric-powered, hand-launched
unmanned aircraft systems to provide situational awareness to
tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance,
surveillance and communication. More information is available at www.avinc.com
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