AeroVironment Shows Off New TurboDX Charger At CES

JAN 9 2018 BY MARK KANE 16

At CES 2018, AeroVironment presents its all-new, slim and compact charging station called TurboDX for commercial, workplace, utility, residential applications.

Piece of history: Rose Parade Throwback: Dr. Paul MacCready with the official pace cars of the 1993 Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. The development of the silver GM-Impact was led by AeroVironment and the white Impact was the very first prototype for the EV1 (built by General Motors).

It’s available in both 16- and 32-amp versions (240-volts – 7.7 kW) with options for 15-foot or 25-foot cords.

Shipping in the U.S. is scheduled to begin on January 30 with a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $469 through Amazon, and Home Depot.

Sales of the TurboDX are planned globally and it’s already been certified for China where sales will start this quarter.

“AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging and the preferred home charging solution supplier for nine global automakers, today introduced TurboDX™, the company’s next-generation EV charging station for commercial, workplace, utility and residential customers around the world. TurboDX is a durable, reliable, fast and safe solution that delivers unparalleled flexibility to accommodate a wide range of users’ needs.”

“The global EV charging station solution has been certified by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for safety and security. An OEM-packaged version of the TurboDX has completed Chinese regulatory certification and will begin shipping to China in the first quarter of 2018.

TurboDX, which builds on the same trusted, tested and robust technology as AeroVironment’s popular TurboCord™ charging solution, is an open networked solution that gives customers the flexibility to choose from a variety of Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) compliant network providers based on their needs and demands. It further enables customers to change their network provider easily, without the added cost of switching or purchasing new hardware.

In addition, TurboDX accommodates a triple, dual or quad installation that allows more cars to charge simultaneously. TurboDX’s modular design also makes it easy to expand the number of chargers as needed over time.

TurboDX offers the same Bluetooth-enabled access control currently available on AeroVironment’s TurboDock™, allowing a site owner to control access to charging stations through a non-networked, mobile access control option.

Importantly, TurboDX is reliable, safe and robust. With its durable aluminum enclosure and significant thermal margins, it is designed to work under even the harshest conditions – all while providing a safe and reliable charge that gives customers the confidence to proceed with certainty. Its proprietary thermal management algorithm allows a connected vehicle to charge during high ambient temperature conditions while continuously monitoring the charging session to ensure safe operation.”

Ken Karklin, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems business segment, said:

“TurboDX is loaded with advanced, user-friendly features to ensure a hassle-free, smart-charging experience that meets the unique requirements and needs of commercial, workplace, utility and residential customers around the world. TurboDX can be easily configured to address the specific needs of employers, landlords and property managers who need a flexible solution for maximizing the charging demands of their EV driving staff, tenants and patrons.”

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16 Comments on "AeroVironment Shows Off New TurboDX Charger At CES"

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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I’ll stick with my Juicebox and OpenEVSE’s thank you……

I love my JuiceBox! I had an OpenEVSE which served me well over the years.

My Clipper Creek works great, but this is a nice looking unit.

The release implies that this charger can be duplexed (or triplexed/quadplexed) so that multiple chargers can share a single power circuit and the chargers will coordinate to allocate charge rates to both vehicles while holding the total amps below the circuit’s rating. Similar to the Superchargers for optimizing circuit utilization.

Good idea for a home with multiple EV’s and limited electrical capacity or to cheaply expand an existing commercial L2 charge station to handle more vehicles.

We’ll have to find out more when the tech specs are available.

Aerovironment is a great company (did some UAV and military battery charging stuff with them a long time ago). I would certainly trust their quality, warranty, and performance.

All that said, I’m slightly bemused at the cost of EVSEs; not just this one, but most of them. How is it that Tesla’s Gen2 mobile charger which comes with 110 and 220 wall plugs, is super small (and mobile), is 32A (at 220V), and costs only $300? This, from a “Premium” company.

Yes, I understand there may be a wall mounting bracket for this (but that doesn’t cost much to make) and that the J1772 connector likely costs more than the Tesla connector to make, but still…

Tesla can basically subsidize the cost of the EVSE because you need a $35k+ Tesla to use it. They probably sell it with little to no profit.Third party EVSE manufactures don’t have the luxury.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

If you wanted a second one, how much would it cost?

A Clipper Creek 16A 240 EVSE is $379.00 for the hardwire version. I wonder what you get for your additional $90.00…..

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

This model states it can charge at 7200w so you get the 32A EVSE.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

oops, meant 7700W

Marc C., this article seems to suggest 3 of these puppies can be clustered to share the same 20A residential circuit and this charge 3 PHEVs automatically while I sleep. So three PHEVs, all charged up in the AM, preconditioned, but using just one 20A (continuous) circuit? And UL certified to do so? That’d be killer, if they can do it. That’d be what the other 98% of America wants: simple, easy widgets in their garage that double the family’s petroleum mileage while improving the driving experience. I’m looking forward to learning more details.

…and thus charge…

Weird. I’m here at CES, and I don’t see AeroVironment anywhere.

I even went to the information booth to look them up – nothing. I guess they just made the announcement here, but don’t actually have a booth???

Aerovionment is taking private meetings and displaying at Digital Experience.

I picked up a $199 16 amp ‘charger cord evse’ that I use daily for my ELR, and also an additional 32 amp ‘no-name’ $279 EVSE for my BOLT – and the thing is heavy duty – what with a 50 ampere contactor doing the switching).

So Aerovironment has the name, but the only feature that stands out is the power management feature – which some 80 amp evse maker came up with, and then Tesla made it also standard with their HPWC.

My Seimens level 2 has been working seemless since early 2013. I charge both vehicles daily. RAV4 EV and Fusion Energi

My recommendation to any body is to get the longer cable. I use one charger for both cars. Just have the cable hanging from the garage ceiling on bungee cords.