Well, that's one way to cure range anxiety.

Electric-vehicle charging-station maker AeroVironment unveiled a version of its EVSE-RS home charger that lessens the need for hardware and can plug directly into a 240-volt outlet.

More importantly, the 10-pound (without cables) charger can be lugged around. That means EV drivers can bring the chargers with them on weekend jaunts, provided that they have access to another 240-volt outlet.

The charger, which is compliant with the SAE-J1772 charging standard, retails for $1,099 either directly through AeroVironment or on Amazon. in other words, it's getting easier and easier to get plug-in ready these days. Check out AeroVironment's press release below.
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AeroVironment Introduces New Easy-to-Install and Moveable Home Electric Vehicle Charging Station

OCTOBER 15 2012
  • Latest in EVSE-RS home charging line plugs into a dedicated 240 Volt outlet for easy installation
  • Secure installation allows for use at a vacation home, second home or seamless relocation to a new home
  • Now available for immediate delivery at Amazon.com
MONROVIA, Calif., Oct. 15, 2012– AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced the expansion of its popular EVSE-RS home charging product line with the introduction of its new EVSE-RS Plug-In, which easily and securely plugs into a dedicated 240 volt outlet, eliminating the need to hardwire the charging station into the home. The station is SAE-J1772 compliant and recharges all battery electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) incorporating the SAE standard.

In addition to easing the installation process, the EVSE-RS Plug-In charger slides in and out of a wall-mounted bracket; this easy mounting method allows EV drivers to take their charging station with them when they move and allows them to charge at other frequently visited residences, such as relatives' homes or vacation homes equipped with a dedicated 240 volt outlet. The station comes with an installation kit and mounting template and retails for $1,099.00. The system is available for purchase through Amazon.com or by contacting AeroVironment at 888-833-2148.

"The EVSE-RS Plug-In is easy to install, use and move," said Wahid Nawabi, senior vice president and general manager of Efficient Energy Systems at AeroVironment. "All EV owners need is a dedicated 240 volt outlet, and they can easily install the wall mount and plug-in charger at their home. If they want to remove it, they simply unplug, slide it out of the bracket and take it with them to another location."

Like the rest of the EVSE-RS line, the EVSE-RS Plug-In is easy to use, displaying a green light when the station is ready to charge and stopping automatically when the charge is complete. The charger includes additional features to ensure reliability and promote safety, including safeguards against live power, a breakaway safety cable and automatic ground fault monitoring.

To learn more or to purchase the EVSE-RS Plug-In online, visit evsolutions.com/plugin.

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About AeroVironment, Inc.
AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops, produces, operates and supports an advanced portfolio of electric transportation solutions and electric-powered Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). AeroVironment's comprehensive EV charging solutions include EV home charging, public charging, fast charging, data collection, grid-integrated communications and complete installation, training and support services for consumers, automakers, utilities, government agencies and businesses. AeroVironment's industrial electric vehicle charging systems support thousands of electric materials handling vehicles in mission-critical supply chains for Fortune 500 enterprises. AeroVironment's power cycling and test systems provide EV developers and EV battery manufacturers with market-leading simulation and cycling capabilities. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company's electric-powered, hand-launched unmanned aircraft systems to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and communication. More information is available at www.avinc.com and www.evsolutions.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors outside of our control, that may cause our business, strategy or actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to; the activities of competitors; failure of the markets in which we operate to grow; failure to expand into new markets; failure to develop new products or integrate new technology with current products; and general economic and business conditions in the United States and elsewhere in the world. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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      Spiffster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm, doing just fine with our standard outlet. The 2013 Volt defaults to 8 amp charging with 12 available via manual setting, but the car is finished charging usually right before my wife leaves for work. So far we have logged 250 miles of 100% EV driving, using only 8 amp charging via 120v outlet. If we get another car, we will probably just get another standard outlet to charge from. The second being on a separate circuit of course.
        Spiffster
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        To clarify, that's 250 miles in just over a week of ownership. If these drop down to the 500 dollar range I will probably just buy one for the convenience of fast charging though.
          Spiffster
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spiffster
          LOL, one last clarification. By another car I mean another EV, I still have my Cruze ECO ;-) The Volt is my wife's car.
        John Hansen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        I agree. I've thought about getting a 240 for my 2013 Volt, but just don't need it. I have 1,277 miles on my Volt so far. It automatically starts charging off-peak at 9pm when electricity is $.04/kwh and finishes around 5am. The only time a faster charge would be helpful is if I happened to take back to back 40 mile drives on a weekend. If that unusual situation actually did come up, I would use a gallon of gas, no big deal. I think faster chargers will become important when we have a lot of 300 mile range EVs on the road. Those wouldn't be able to fully charge on a 120v overnight. By the way, I've had my Volt for one and a half months now. I haven't visited a gas station yet. I'm not drafting semis or doing anything wonky either. I actually tend to have a lead foot. Go Volts!
          Vlad
          • 2 Years Ago
          @John Hansen
          Congrats on your electricity rate! I have 5c/kWh for 4 hours only (it's enough for me to charge the leaf to 80% @ 240V, though).
          Spiffster
          • 2 Years Ago
          @John Hansen
          Wow, .04/kWh, that's really good! We have solar panel system that, until now, was gave us about an average of 200kWh surplus each month. So our fuel is basically free! I get to drive my wife's Volt once or twice a week. If I know I will have plenty of charge for a trip, I figure I can drive it like its stolen, and still use no gas. The Volt is truly an amazing car.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought all of them plugged into a 240 VAC 60Hz outlet? And people need to differentiate between the US 240 where both legs are hot, and the European 240/220V where one leg is hot and one is neutral. Anyways, it is pricey, but it would help make charging the car easy. Plus I could be the emergency plug-in station in my city.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Most of them are hard-wired to a circuit breaker, not connected to an outlet. $1000 is not bad for a charger these days but yeah, they need to (and will) get cheaper.
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          It's not a charger
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Yeah, yeah, EVSE. But you know everyone is going to call the EVSE a 'charger' even though it isn't one.
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          OK, "power supply".
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Well calling it Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment makes it sound even more expensive! :-)
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          I would hope not and why should you. Realizing that it is not a charger makes it easier to see that 1000$ is high.
          Naturenut99
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          re: "Well calling it Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment makes it sound even more expensive!" Not to mention it (EVSE) is just a flat out horrible term. It doesn't easily describe what it does. Yes, it's not literally a charger, but without it you can't charge. Anyone creative with words, to create a better term?
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Not many people are going to be using the same charger in Europe as in the US, so non-commonality makes little if any difference.
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good news for house renters.....
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice option, especially for Leaf owners. For my Volt, I chose (and still would) the Leviton EVB22-3PM because 1 - it is only 16 amp (which matches the charging capability of the Volt), so I only needed a 20 amp circuit. 2 - the street price is about $200 cheaper 3 - it is truly plug-and-play. No switches to set or assembly required (like the SPX Power Express I considered).
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think that $200 extra is a small price to pay for a product that is going to have a longer service life. That way you could still use the same charger in 3 years when you upgrade to a converg or tesla bluestar. And in the meantime when your friends come drive their electric vehicles over for a visit they wont look at your charger like it is an analog television.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          It is fit for purpose. If I upgrade the car in a few years, the technology is likely to have moved on (wireless or level 3 charging) and I'll want a new unit anyway. I'll sell this one with the Volt. A used car buyer who is new to the EV scene would probably be happy to get it. Any friend who gives me grief about it doesn't get to use it. :-)
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice! Tho being able to plug into a standard dryer outlet should have been a capability for all of these devices from day one...
        otiswild
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SVX pearlie
        It was, if you didn't mind wiring up a pigtail ;) And the SPX PowerXpress could do this.. I considered one for the rental house I was living in, but the dryer socket was 3-prong (hot-hot-neutral) and I didn't want to pester the landlord to upgrade it.. I just bought a house and there's a juicy 40A circuit just waiting to be put on a switch to split between lawn well pump and EV charger..
          MTN RANGER
          • 2 Years Ago
          @otiswild
          Yes, the SPX PowerXpress has had this ability for over 14 months now. I have the unit and it works well. I have it plugged in right next to my breaker box in the garage.
          alvord
          • 2 Years Ago
          @otiswild
          I believe the SPX PowerXpress is portable and works on 110V and 220V if I'm not mistaken.
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can get a Leviton charger for $750, but it can only handle 3.5kW. This handles up to 7.2kW and because it uses a plug you could bring it with you on longer trips and charge up at a campground. Some campgrounds now offer 50A service! There are some nice state parks(hiking, biking, fishing, skiing etc) about 45 miles from my house that have 30A service(6.6kW) so topping off a little while enjoying the park would make a fun weekend trip.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's ridiculous that they still sell these things at such a high price considering the BOM cost.
      Wolfgang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Given a perfectly functional 16 A wall outlet and an EV, what could be simpler than to connect the two by means of an ordinary 1:1 cable. The above Aerovironment "home charging station" is the ultimate perversion of a non-existing problem. Why on earth would an EV need a 1 kHz pilot signal if it can't pull more than 16 A anyway? What's the added value of a plus US$ 1000,- gimmick over a simple cable? Don't tell me it's dangerous to have a live J1772 connector lying on the floor, as we have the exact same situation with any vacuum cleaner or power drill. A "home charging station" can be built from components worth approx US$ 130,- (in retail) plus cable, see www.openevse.com , whereas many expensive commercial units conceal a dangerous heap of wire spaghetti. I concede it might be a good idea to let a future smart grid tell the on-board charger to step down current or idle in order to even out transient demand spikes.
      Mart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Given the variety of blade patterns for 220-240v 60hz/AC depending on amps in the U.S., not to mention other nations, will this come with a universal adapter?
        John R
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mart
        There are companies that have sprung up to offer adapters for this and other charging stations - for example, www.evseadapters.com
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