Anyone, anywhere have FIRST-HAND experience with an AAA charging truck yet?

Anyone, anywhere have FIRST-HAND experience with an AAA charging truck yet?

Washington State's largest city was the recipient of the first Level 3 roadside EV-charging truck from the American Automobile Association, Plug In Cars reports. AAA estimates that the emergency charges will be designed to provide about five miles of driving range and would typically take less than 10 minutes. AAA also estimates that the truck will get about 20 calls a year from stranded plug-in motorists.

That Washington State would be the first to get this type of AAA truck isn't a surprise, given the apparently rapid adoption of plug-in vehicles there (relative to the rest of the US). The state has about 325 publicly accessible charging stations, or almost six percent of the US total, according to numbers from the US Department of Energy. By comparison, Washington State accounts for about 2.3 percent of all US registered vehicles.

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando as well as Knoxville, TN, and Portland, OR, are among the cities with AAA plug-in charging trucks, though Seattle is the first to get a Level 3 variety. AAA first announced its intention to develop EV-charging trucks in 2011.

wcalvin | July 10, 2013

But does it handle Tesla's DC charging?

pgiralt | July 10, 2013

@wcalvin, it doesn't have to. As long as it provides AC like any other Level 2/Level 3 charger with a J1772 connector, it will work.

wcalvin | July 10, 2013

Then what is meant by the Level 3 bit?

Seattle | July 10, 2013

We should be able to deduce what it is. It's probably j1772 for more universal plug.

At the charging rate (5 miles gained in 10 minutes, means 30 miles in an hour), it of course depends on the car and the charger rate. For a tesla with one charger, you can charge 30 miles in an hour with 240v 40 amps. A tesla could charge approximately that fast.

But a leaf charges must slower. they used to have 3.3 kwh chargers (vs 10 kwy in standard tesla), now they are 6kwh.

It could also be a chademo charger. that would be bad for us, because tesla's can not use those.

Bob W | July 12, 2013

Haven't ever need to use it, but there are some details here, on the AAA web site.

"...provides 10 to 15 minutes of charge time to members with discharged electric vehicles."

"All AAA mobile electric vehicle charging vehicles can provide Level 3 (Direct Current Fast Charging) and Level 2 (Alternating Current Quick Charging) to electric vehicles."

I suspect that the DC Fast Charging is CHAdeMO only, as used by the Nissan Leaf, since they're far more likely to run out of power than the Model S. ;-)

Model S owners will probably only be able to use the truck's Level 2 J1772 at 6KW or less.