AeroVironment Introduces Dual-Voltage TurboCord for EV Charging
January 30, 2014 by John Day
AeroVironment, Inc. introduced TurboCord™, a compact, UL-listed, dual mode 240-volt/16-amperage and 120-volt portable charging cordset (MSRP $649) for EV charging. TurboCord is also available in a 240-volt only version (MSRP $599).
Wahid Nawabi, senior vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems business segment, said TurboCord simplifies the charging process and can reduce costs significantly. It requires no charger installation, and includes safety features such as waterproofing for indoor and outdoor charging, all-environment operation and built-in thermal sensors for protection against faulty wiring or inadequate power.
On one end of the cord is a module that contains all of the miniaturized electronics and plugs directly into the wall outlet. On the other end of the cord is the coupler that plugs into the car. TurboCord weighs less than five pounds, has an easy-to-see LED indicator and no buttons, and incorporates patent-pending technology that monitors the internal temperature of the unit as well as the wall outlet connection, to ensure safe and reliable charging. It is outdoor-rated, watertight with the highest waterproof NEMA 6P rating and durability tested.
Nawabi said TurboCord can charge a Nissan LEAF or Fiat 500e in less than six hours. A Ford C-Max Energi plug-in and other plug-in hybrid vehicles can charge in less than three hours. AeroVironment anticipates that TurboCord will be especially appealing to plug-in hybrid owners.
“Research shows that plug-in hybrid owners are charging wherever they can to squeeze out more electric miles to avoid using gasoline. TurboCord’s portability and power are perfect for these drivers because they now have the option to charge faster with our dual-voltage cordset,” Nawabi said.