Emergency Mobile Charging Service Launched for Electric Vehicle Owners
Cross Country Automotive Services is launching a new program designed specifically for electric vehicle drivers. The mobile charging service will help ensure no electric vehicles lose their charge far away from a charging station, leaving the driver stranded. Emergency assistance is dispatched when a driver calls in. The charging service grants at least 5 miles of driving in as little as 15 minutes. Cross Country is creating new charging units specifically for the service.
The emergency charging service will be rolled out in seven major cities, including Nashville, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Diego. These cities were chosen for having a high density of electric vehicles. The first test run of the mobile charging station occurred in Phoenix on August 26th. After 15 minutes of charging, the driver was able to make it an additional 5 miles. Other areas will be added to the range as demand increases.
Cross Country Automotive Services first developed the idea in response to the requests of various electric vehicle companies. Charging stations can be spaced far apart even in cities that are electric vehicle ready. Many drivers are too anxious about the possibility of being stranded to make the switch to an electric vehicle for their everyday driving needs. The mobile charging support offered by Cross Country helps these drivers feel safer about taking their electric car out for a spin. Drivers concerned about the environmental impact of the truck responding to their call should rest assured knowing that only fuel efficient vehicles were chosen for the program.
The mobile chargers use environmentally friendly propane to produce the electricity to recharge the vehicle. Each 10 kWh propane generator fits in a truck bed or is mounted on a small trailer. The generator produces utility grade power and brings multiple batteries to a Level 2 charging protocol with one tank of fuel.