Ford: Big Box Retailers Not Right Path for Electric Car Charging Equipment
July 09, 2013
In May, Ford announced that it dropped Best Buy as its home charging unit provider and installer. The relationship between Ford and Best Buy, when it was unveiled in the earliest days of the plug-in market, was supposed to signal a move toward mainstream EV acceptance. But Stephanie Janczak, manager for sustainability, environment and safety engineering at Ford Motor Co. told PluginCars.com yesterday that Best Buy was not the right path toward building economies of scale in the electric car charging market. “It was a mutual decision,” said Janczak. “We decided this would be a good time to start consolidating the industry.”
Nissan To Add Electric Vehicle Quick Charging At More Than 100 U.S. LEAF-Certified Dealerships
July 08, 2013
In an effort to speed the expansion of electric vehicle charging and build consumer awareness of the capability of the all-electric Nissan LEAF, Nissan will support installation of more than 100 DC quick chargers at LEAF-certified dealers in 21 key markets nationwide.
plugincars: AeroVironment - Finance The Charger With The EV
February 08, 2013
California-based AeroVironment, which has deployed more than 10,000 residential electric car chargers in North America, just made it easier to put one in your garage. At the National Automotive Dealers Association (NADA) meeting in Florida Thursday, the company announced a new program that bundles the charger and installation in with the EV purchase, so the consumer doesn't have the headache of arranging separate financing.
Ultimate EV Driver’s Gift Guide
November 29, 2012
With the holidays fast approaching, AeroVironment is feeling merry, and wanted to share its Ultimate EV Driver's Gift Guide with you. The Electric Vehicle (EV) community is growing; new EVs came to market in 2012 and more are slated to hit the road in 2013. EV new and soon-to-be drivers deserve their own gift guide this year.
AeroVironment Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger Goes Portable
October 15, 2012
AeroVironment, whose hard-wired 240-volt EVSE-RS charger is the official preferred EV home charger for the Nissan Leaf and other electric vehicles, is expanding its product line with a portable version. The retail price of the EVSE-RS Plug-In Charger is $1,099, or $100 more than the static charger.
For Electric Car Batteries, The Race for a Rapid Charge
September 06, 2012
If stopping for gas took five or six hours, would you rethink that road trip? How about an hour? When it comes to electric vehicles, topping up the "tank" does indeed take a long time, one of the primary barriers to more widespread adoption of EVs. So it is no surprise that there is an aggressive push to improve batteries and charging infrastructure, with a goal of making a stop for a recharge no different than a stop for gas.
From Jay Leno’s Own Chevy Volt to Foothill Transit’s Advanced Full-Size Electric Bus
August 14, 2012
From Jay Leno's own Chevy Volt to Foothill Transit's advanced full-size electric bus (featured in this video), AeroVironment provides real world EV charging systems that cover the spectrum of clean transportation needs.
Jay gets to play with all the coolest toys - he's tested lots of EVs, from SUVs to roadsters to motorcycles. The latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage features a hot rod for public transport buffs - the Proterra Ecoliner electric bus. Designed from the ground up as an EV, the new bus has been in service for Foothills Transit in Pomona, California for a year. The agency's director gives Jay a complete demonstration.
West Coast Electric Highway Goes East
June 18, 2012
To date most of the focus on the West Coast Electric Highway has been on the series of DC fast charge stations situated along I-5 between the British Columbia and California borders, but now there's an eastern component along U.S. Highway 2 that greatly extends EV range in a way the the I-5 corridor has not as yet. The US2/Stevens Pass Scenic Byway now features a series of the AeroVironment stations with 480-volt DC fast chargers and 240-volt charging, all located at strategic spots between Sultan and Wenatchee that allow EVs to make the 130-mile trek from Seattle to Wenatchee undaunted by the 4050-foot high Stevens Pass in the middle.
Oregon Unveils Its Electrified Highway
March 16, 2012
It's official: Oregon has the longest stretch of electrified road in the United States. And no, this isn't an Eddy Grant song.
Instead, it's part of the Electric Highway project. As of Friday morning, the first eight links are operating in what will ultimately be a three-state chain of electric vehicle charging stations along I-5.
The stations were unveiled Friday in ceremonies by the Oregon Department of Transportation and project partner AeroVironment EV (NASDAQ: AVAV).
America’s First ‘Electric Highway’ Will Be Up And Running Within Months
December 06, 2011
As more electric cars begin rolling off production lines, the need for infrastructure to support alternative-energy vehicles becomes increasingly vital.
Washington has been prepping its roadways for the future wave of electric cars for more than a year by planning an extensive network of recharging stations in the nation's first "Electric Highway."
Big Ideas Need Time To Develop
November 08, 2011
Nov 08, 2011 (The Salina Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- There are lots of great ideas, but turning one into a usable -- and sellable -- product can take years, if not decades.
That was part of the message from Tim Conver, chairman and CEO of AeroVironment, a California-based company known worldwide for its innovations.
AeroVironment: EV Pioneer Becomes A Charging Leader
September 12, 2011
When Jay Leno wanted a 240-volt charging station for his new Chevrolet Volt, he turned to a neighbor, Monrovia, California-based AeroVironment, a company with a long history of environmental innovation, including building ultra-light aircraft and the prototype of the General Motors EV1.
Nissan and AeroVironment Expand to Canada in Support of the Nissan LEAF
July 25, 2011
- Leading Infrastructure provider AeroVironment selected to supply home charging solutions -
Today Nissan Canada announced the reservation process for the Nissan LEAF, which will see the first Canadian consumers in the all-electric car this fall. Nissan will carefully manage the purchase process from the first step, when consumers sign up on www.nissan.ca/leaf, until the customer drives the Nissan LEAF home and plugs it into a personal charging dock. Early interest in the Nissan LEAF has been highly encouraging with over 15,000 Canadians registered on the microsite.
AeroVironment Aggressively Building Out Its Electric Vehicle Charging Business
July 20, 2011
As I continue covering the electric vehicle (EV) space, I will offer Seeking Alpha readers interviews with some of the industry's major players. In this article, I present a Q&A, conducted via email, with the SVP of AeroVironment's (AVAV) Efficient Energy Systems (EES) segment, Mike Bissonette. EES focuses on the electric vehicle charging market.
AV Joins Sierra Club & A Broad Coalition of Industry, Local Government & Public Interest Groups
July 07, 2011
Today more than 180 local and national companies and organizations joined together to show their support for plug-in electric vehicle (EV) policies and infrastructure - demonstrating the groundswell of support in all regions of the country for EV innovation and the types of policies needed to make it successful.
BMW Picks Home Rechargers For Next Electric-Car Foray
May 18, 2011
If you're going to get in the electric-car business, you'd better partner up with an outfit that knows something about recharging. That's what BMW is doing.
The German luxury brand has chosen a company called AeroVironment to install home recharging units when it starts its next big test of electric vehicles, its BMW ActiveE program.
Popular Mechanics gets an AV Level 2 EV Charging Station - One Of The First NY Office Towers
March 29, 2011
Popular Mechanics' New Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Downstairs in Popular Mechanics' home base in New York, our newest pride and joy is online: PM's new charging station gave its inaugural charge to our Nissan Leaf, and our office at 300 West 57th Street became one of New York's first office towers with the capability to charge an electric car.
Here at Popular Mechanics, we've test-driven electric cars and covered the latest in car-charging tech. But now, if we want to charge up an electric vehicle, we can do it right in our own garage.
Downstairs in PM's home, at 300 West 57th Street in New York City, electricians have just completed the installation of a 208-volt charging station, making our home base one of the first office towers in the city with that capability. PM editor-in-chief James B. Meigs pulled up in our white test-drive edition of the Nissan Leaf so the station could let its inaugural burst of electrons flow.
AeroVironment Inks Deal with Hawaii to Install Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles
March 18, 2011
Monrovia-based technology company AeroVironment Inc. announced a deal with Hawaii Thursday to install 320 electric charging docks throughout the state. The $820,000 deal is the latest in a string of key contracts for the company, which comes as more electric vehicles arrive to the marketplace and more states move to build an infrastructure to support them.
Jay Leno Installs An AeroVironment EV Charger For His Chevy Volt In His Big Dog Garage
February 18, 2011
Made in America: Electric Charging System
It comes in a little box, it's not heavy at all, it installs in an hour or so... that's right it's your very own electric charging dock for your electric vehicle! Now you can go from discharged to full charge in three hours or less!
Fortune Magazine: From Electric Cars To Military Ops
February 17, 2011
General Motors pulled the plug on its first electric car, but supplier AeroVironment used some of that experience to build a very different kind of vehicle for the U.S. military.
AeroVironment, a firm based in Monrovia, Calif., whose products include gear for electric, hydrogen, and hybrid cars, is applying its environmentally friendly research to a technology that at first blush might make some tree huggers tremble: a military drone that could be used to assist in battle.
AeroVironment Receives Award For Bay Area Electric Car Charging Stations
February 02, 2011
Hoping to spur the purchase and use of new electric vehicles, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is awarding $3.9 million to four California-based companies to boost installation of private and public charging stations around the region.
With Nissan rolling out the all-electric Leaf and Chevrolet selling plug-in hybrid Volt, the nine-county agency plans to fund 30 public fast-charge systems to extend the range of those and other electric vehicles, district representatives said.
It also plans to offer $700 rebates to the first 2,750 consumers who come on board to help fund personal residential charging equipment to new electric car owners.
AV’s Fast Charge Systems Profiled on ABC TV
November 30, 2010
LA Times: Charging Network a Goal as Electric Vehicles Come On Line
November 29, 2010
Visitors to the Los Angeles Auto Show are wooed by the vehicles' futuristic designs and the promise of fuel savings, but many tire-kickers raise worries about how they would keep the cars powered up.
AV Receives Frost & Sullivan’s N.A. Customer Service Leadership Award for EV Charging
November 04, 2010
AeroVironment Receives Frost & Sullivan's North American Customer Service Leadership Award for Electric Vehicle Charging Station Solutions
Quality, Timeliness and Cost of Service, Customer Value Receive High Marks
MONROVIA, Calif., Nov. 4, 2010 - Frost & Sullivan, a global research organization of 1,800 analysts who monitor more than 300 industries and 250,000 companies, has awarded its 2010 North American Customer Service Leadership of the Year Award for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations to AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV). AV is a Southern California-based technology company whose electric transportation solutions include electric vehicle home charging, public charging and fast charging systems for consumers, automakers, utilities and government agencies.
AV Makes Nissan Dealers EV-Ready With Level 2 Charging Docks
November 01, 2010
Nissan Dealers Install First Charging Stations for All-Electric Nissan LEAF
- Dealer charging stations open to usage by Nissan LEAF drivers -
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- As Nissan prepares for Nissan LEAF vehicle deliveries in December, select dealers across the country have completed electric vehicle (EV) readiness training and are among the first to add EV charging infrastructure to their dealership operations.
ABC’s Good Morning America: AV’s EV Charger Featured with the Nissan LEAF
October 08, 2010
Automotive News: So Far, Garage Is Hub Of EV Charging Action
June 14, 2010
A small but serviceable infrastructure for charging the batteries in electric vehicles is springing up in the United States, but it's largely in people's own garages.
Outside the home, more charging stations are being built, but locations are still widely scattered. In the long run, experts say, the basic charging technology being used to launch tiny volumes of EVs today probably will predominate in the near future.
WSJ: Hatching New Ideas
May 10, 2010
Five important technological advances that have the potential to transform the transport industry
Crystal ball gazing is always a tricky business, not least in the transport industry where so many competing agendas - politics, infrastructure, fuel security, technology and consumer demand - are at play. Each of the following technologies has the potential to address at least a couple of those concerns and maybe transform the way people and goods move around the world.
Nissan USA Website: Nissan Leaf Home Charging Video
April 21, 2010
Ward’s Auto Feature: AeroVironment Takes on Home Charging for Nissan Leaf
April 08, 2010
California-based AeroVironment Inc., better known in military circles as a maker of unmanned aircraft systems, is partnering with Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. to make home-charging units for U.S. buyers of the upcoming Leaf electric vehicle. The charger also will be compatible with other EVs, including the upcoming Chevy Volt and Ford Focus electrified vehicles. "It's a very good charger, (and) it will work for any car," Kristen Hensel, vice president-EV Solutions for AeroVironment's Efficient Energy Systems, tells Ward's.
Zero to 80% in 15 minutes: New Benchmark For EV Fast-Charging
January 26, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 26, 2010 - Electric vehicle manufacturer THINK today announced that it will work with AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) (AV), a leading developer and supplier of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, to pursue demonstration and commercial projects using AV's level III fast-charge system and the THINK City electric vehicle. The projects will be designed to jump-start the development of fast-charge infrastructure in the United States.
Forbes: AeroVironment Will Build A Filling Station In Your Garage
January 18, 2010
AeroVironment's persistence may pay off big.
The quirky Monrovia, Calif.-based company was hired by General Motors in the 1980s to help develop electric vehicles, leading to the first mass-produced electric vehicle, the EV-1. While GM gave up on the car, AeroVironment kept up its electric vehicle research and development and has been offering EV charging and testing equipment and services to automakers as well as selling a line of chargers for heavy-duty electric forklifts.
Boxer Lauds Critical Investments in California Clean Energy Projects
January 14, 2010
Los Angeles, CA - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised President Obama's announcement that seven California companies involved in clean-energy manufacturing will receive more than $235 million in job-creating tax credits.
Senator Boxer said, "California is on the cutting edge of the growing clean-energy economy. I am so proud the Department of Energy recognized the leadership of these companies and awarded a quarter-billion dollars of investment to our state that will result in the jobs and energy savings that we so desperately need."
Nissan North America Selects AeroVironment To Install Home-Charging Stations For Nissan Leaf
January 11, 2010
Agreement part of one-stop shop experience for EV purchase process.
Detroit, Mich. - Nissan North America (NNA) today announced its selection of AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) (AV) to supply electric vehicle home-charging stations and installation services supporting the introduction of the zero-emission, all-electric Nissan LEAF later this year.
Fast-Charging EVs: Time to Get Down to Business
July 24, 2009
You may never have heard of California-based AeroVironment (founded in 1971), but it?s the company that brought you the first version of the General Motors EV-1, and a whole host of ultra-cool sun-powered lightweight racers, including the Solar Challenger and the Sunraycer.
In The Driver’s Seat Of An Electrified Future
July 21, 2009
For Kristen Helsel, all roads lead to electric chargers - political, social and technological roads, that is. And electric cars will be on those roads.
AeroVironment’s EV Charging Systems Featured on CBS Evening News.
May 09, 2009
AeroVironment's EV Charging Systems featured on CBS Evening News segment regarding "Green Technology and Economic Growth."
Carmakers Charge Ahead with Electrics
November 20, 2008
The future - or at least a future - may finally be in sight for the electric car. Nissan-Renault Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn announced plans at the L.A. Auto Show on Wednesday to begin selling a competitively priced electric car in Oregon in 2010. The vehicle would go "mass market" by 2012, Ghosn vowed.
Fully-Electric, 95mph Sports Utility Charges in 10 Minutes
July 27, 2008
Another step towards exploding the perception that electric vehicles will never have the grunt, range or practicality of their oil guzzling, high-emissions counterparts has been taken in California with a record charging time demonstrated for the all-electric Phoenix SUT (Sports Utility Truck). The milestone demonstrated by AeroVironment saw the 35kWh (kilowatt-hour) battery pack developed for use with the Phoenix fully-charged in less than ten minutues - enough to power the five-seat utility for 100 miles.