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AeroVironment Unveils TurboCord

January 30, 2014 in EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Said to Be Word’s First to Handle Both 120 and 240 Volts

AeroVironment has unveiled its new charger for electric vehicles, stating that the TurboCord cordset is the world’s first dual-voltage unit – it can handle both 120 and 240 volts – and “delivers unmatched charging versatility.”

AeroVironment’s TurboCord cordset works on 120 or 240 volts and as such ‘delivers unmatched charging versatility.’

AeroVironment’s TurboCord cordset works on 120 or 240 volts and as such ‘delivers unmatched charging versatility.’

The UL-listed products boasts state-of-the-art safety features, the highest waterproof NEMA 6P ratings, includes thermal sensors for both the unit and the wall receptacle, and can be used indoors or out, AeroVironment says.

AeroVironment said late last year that the new product would be a “game-changer” (F&F, December 3).

‘Compact, Light, Powerful and Delivers’

“TurboCord is very compact, light, powerful and delivers unmatched charging versatility,” AeroVironment senior VP and Efficient Energy Systems business segment GM Wahid Nawabi said in a release.

“It will empower drivers to make the transition easily from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles because it simplifies the charging process and can reduce costs significantly,” he said. “TurboCord will deliver that extra convenience many people are looking for before deciding to drive home from a dealer in an EV, especially when automakers include it in the trunks of new cars.”

The product requires no charger installation: “You just plug it in,” AeroVironment says.

AeroVironment TuboCord Dual with 240-volt adaptor separated

AeroVironment TuboCord Dual with 240-volt adaptor separated

No ‘Pigtail’

Further, AeroVironment has eliminated the “pigtail” that comes with other cordsets: “On one end of the cord there is a small and rugged module that contains all of the miniaturized electronics, which plugs directly into the wall outlet. On the other end of the cord is the coupler that plugs into the car.

“With TurboCord, an EV driver does not have to contend with the clunky and heavy box on the cord between the vehicle and the wall socket that is found on other cordsets, which can pose safety hazards.”

TurboCord is priced at $649 with a 240-volt only version for $599.


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Source: AeroVironment with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

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