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AAA to have an electric-vehicle charger truck

AAA to have an electric-vehicle charger truck

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AAA says that it plans to deploy fast-charging trucks to help stranded drivers of electric cars.

While most pure electric cars can go an average of 80-100 miles on a full "tank" of charge, range anxiety (the fear that your car is going to get stranded in the middle of the road) has been of the biggest hurdles the plug-in industry has had to deal with. Now, AAA is stepping in to make life slightly easier for EV drivers who do, in fact, find them selves out of power.

The largest U.S. motorist group says that it plans to deploy fast-charging trucks to help drivers of cars like the pure-electric Nissan Leaf.

Trucks will be tested starting in August, a spokeswoman told Bloomberg. To begin with, the organization will have at least six “mobile charging units,” in states including California, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia.

AAA's first truck will be unveiled at a press conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, in July.

Costs are unknown right now and AAA says they're working with different suppliers to come up with a deal.

Earlier this year, Nissan and the Japan Automotive Federation had said that they will also test mobile chargers to repower stalled electric cars.

Almost ever major car manufacturer is currently working on an electric car and governments are also pushing for the increased adoption of plug-in vehicles -- highlighting a need for more chargers.

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Ami Cholia

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Contributing Editor Ami Cholia has written for AltTransport, Inhabitat, The Huffington Post and Sunday Mid Day in India. She holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure