‘We’re Here to Facilitate the Broad Adoption and Use of Plug-In Vehicles’
Southern California’s AeroVironment is up against names like ABB, GE, Eaton, Leviton and Siemens in the world market for electric vehicle chargers. But the $325 million (fiscal 2012 revenue) company says it’s holding its own against them, with more than 11,000 Level 2 chargers installed in North America to date.
All this by way of affirming a corporate commitment to electric vehicles despite layoffs across the Monrovia, Calif.-based company last week.
“We’re here to facilitate the broad adoption and use of plug-in vehicles,” AeroVironment spokesman Steve Gitlin told F&F Monday. AeroVironment offers its own EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) products, and will install products manufactured by others, he says.
“We did have a workforce reduction across the company last week,” Gitlin said. “There were positions eliminated across both business segments.” AeroVironment is active in unmanned aerial vehicles, and in electric vehicle charging and related products, like testing equipment.
Focus Remains the Same
The layoffs “did not change our focus,” Gitlin says.
AeroVironment recently publicized a relationship with Ford whereby it will help purchasers of Ford plug-in vehicles get their own home chargers, handling both AeroVironment-made equipment and chargers from Leviton (F&F, May 14).
AeroVironment is also now the exclusive distributor of a Chademo-compliant charger from Nissan, Gitlin says. Nissan’s DC Quick Charger is manufactured by Sumitomo (web reference).
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