Melbourne, Australia based Club Assist, a company that specializes in roadside services – like AAA for instance – to motoring clubs, announced that they will soon provide electric vehicle emergency assistance in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
The company is introducing a mobile charging unit called Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) that will be able to quick-charge electric vehicles so that they can make it to a proper station to fully charge. Club Assist already supplies replacement batteries, saying it swapped-out 2.2 million for stranded cars in 2010 alone, and established a fast-charge station in Adelaide for Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV fleet.
The EVSE provides 5.5 kilowatts of energy, through a Level 2, 208-240 volt AC system, giving most vehicles an extended range of four to five miles. But, is that enough? Five miles certainly doesn’t seem like much, but it does highlight how important it is for drivers to precisely plan their travel time in relation to charging stations.
Also, this isn’t the only roadside EV charging solution out there – for example, the Nation Mobile Angel Car has a system built into it to provide similar help.