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Roadside EV charger burns propane fuel

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The EV Mobile Charger will offer stranded EV drivers power via a mechanism that uses propane to produce electricity.

With all-electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt and the Ford Focus hitting our streets, an increasing array of companies are developing solutions to ease range anxiety among prospective EV owners.

Joining companies like Club Assist and AAA, with their on-the-go charging solutions for stranded electric vehicles, is Cross Country Automotive Services, whose EV Mobile Charger uses propane to produce electricity.

According to Dave Ferrick, senior vice president for Cross Country, the propane fuel used in the mobile units "burns cleaner than gasoline and avoids significant weight to the service truck, thereby not impacting the truck's fuel efficiency."

Presented at the 2011 AltCar Expo in Santa Monica, CA, the EV Mobile Charger can be mounted on a tow truck or a trailer and gives stranded drivers some breathing room: about 5 miles per 15 minutes of charging, the company said in a statement.

The roadside assistance program's first EV charge took place on August 26 in Phoenix, AZ. Cross Country will initially provide the charging service in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Nashville, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle, with forthcoming rollouts to additional markets throughout the country.

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Channtal Fleischfresser

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Contributing Editor Channtal Fleischfresser has worked for The Economist, WNET/Channel 13, Al Jazeera English, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure