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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.
Oct 3, 2011
1st, I am grateful for companies that try to support the movement away from fossil fuel dependency. May you increase and multiply. 2nd, just curious. I am no expert on these peak oil adaptation efforts, but I wonder if work has been done to solar power vehicles given most vehicles operate during daylight hours? It seems the logical thing to do. But I can be further enlightened by the experts. Thank you and Namaste!
Spend triple or quadruple on an EV over a conventional auto to reduce my carbon footprint just to be dependent upon this?
So letting your EV battery die once and using this to recharge will erase your carbon karma for a month because of the pollution this thing spews. How is that save the planet plan working then?
The solar panels that would fit on a car would not contribute a significant amount of power toward charging the car. Better panels would help a little. Covering the entire surface of the car would help a little. But still, probably not worth the trouble.
If you could call it that. The Prius is available with an small optional solar panel built into the roof to power accessories during the day. It is not connected to the vehicle battery pack for charging purposes. At least one company has modified a Prius with a recharging panel built into the roof, but use of it is not endorsed by Toyota.
if one of these came standard with the Volt? You could setup your own charging station in the parking lot at work.