Atlanta Airport Installs 102 TurboDock EV Charging Stations

MAY 24 2017 BY MARK KANE 40

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has made its bid to be considered one of the greenest airports in the world (if that could be a thing) with the installation of 102 charging stations.

The Charging stations will be located in several parking structures along the ATL airport perimeter.

AeroVironment TurboDock

ATL selected AeroVironment TurboDock, introduced two years ago.

“The installation of AeroVironment TurboDock charging stations is the most recent effort by the City of Atlanta and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to turn ATL into one of the greenest airports in the world.

TurboDock charging stations will be located at the following parking locations at the airport: North and South Domestic Terminal daily lots, South Employee lot, the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal Hourly deck, the International Park-Ride deck, the ATL Technical Support Campus and Maintenance Building No. 1 in the ATL airport perimeter.

AeroVironment TurboDock is designed for commercial applications like those found in Atlanta and other fast growing EV markets. Out of the box, TurboDock charges at either Level 1 (12 amps/120 volts), or at Level 2 (16 amps/240 volts). TurboDock is easy-to-use, flexible, offers low cost installation and features innovative access control using Bluetooth and a smartphone app, with none of the recurring monthly cellular fees associated with other networked chargers. The configurable, modular design allows for maximum installation flexibility.

TurboDock chargers offer power level and charging configurations appropriate for Airport applications. Having power flexibility allows for more charging ports for a given budget or available power capacity. Drivers parking their cars at airports and other transit locations prefer a larger number of low power charging ports, rather than a smaller number of high power ports, since their cars typically remain parked for longer periods of time.”

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and Aerovironment are also L2 partners

Ken Karklin, Vice President and General Manager, Efficient Energy Systems for AeroVironment said:

“Atlanta International Airport has set out to become one of the greenest airports in the world, and AeroVironment will help ATL and its guests support that goal with our TurboDock EV charging systems. TurboDock is one of the easiest-to-use and most cost-effective charging stations available. Packed with features specifically designed to make it ideal for airports, including modular charging configurations, 120V capability and mobile app based access control, TurboDock helps EV drivers proceed with certainty.”

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Unfortunately, the LEAF – as depicted in the photos, and a massive sales success in Atlanta – will destroy its 12V battery if left plugged into a EVSE (after charging complete) for long periods of time.

Perhaps the EVSEs cut power after a period with zero drain.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I’ve worked on a few EVSE’s and they cut power.
The car sends the signal to the EVSE that is’ “FULL” through the pilot line and the EVSE opens the circuit on the relay.

Hmmm, I drove a 2012 and 2014 Leaf for a total of 72k miles, and I never heard of that or had that problem.

I am with you.

He is posting completely incorrect information.

I have never heard of this type of thing from any evs…it would be silly to design a system that can’t stop charging when it needs to.

People are reporting many different issues in those links. In fact most of them are about the battery being discharged while connected to an EVSE, not being destroyed because it was connected to an EVSE.

The only similar thing in the manual is this:

” If the vehicle will not be used for an extended period of time, charge the Li-ion battery once every 3 months. Do not operate the charging timer repeatedly while the charge connector is connected to the vehicle after the Li-ion battery charging is completed. Doing so may discharge the 12-volt battery.”

I have heard stories of a depleted 12V battery when attached to an EVSE for months.


Great idea for Airport workers but not so great for passengers…

No mention if they’ll be located in the regular parking sections where it’s $16/day or the $12/day economy lot…If it’s $20 each way in an uber, why not do that and get dropped off and picked up right outside the terminal and leave your EV at home?

Why is this not great for passengers?? These are usually free charging so there’s no need to rush back and unplug your vehicle. That’s why they installed so many of them.

That’s exactly why. They have these at my airport and people plug in them on Monday AM and when they fly home on Friday PM they unplug them.

Those 102 spots will hardly ever be available. Wouldn’t mind though if they had a dormancy fee per hour though. That maybe would make people use them in a reasonable manner, or even better install them at a place that would have higher turn over. Much better use of funds if you ask me!

The chargers are spread across 3 decks. I have parked in 2 of the locations so far, and both times the spots were only half full.

Give it a year or two 😉

We’re just missing the details, if it’s you can pull in, plug in and when you leave don’t get a huge bill great…If they’re charging inactivity fees and regular parking rates it’s just so expensive…

Now the state of Georgia needs to drop its RIDICULOUS $204 / year EV road use tax — by far the most punitive tax on EVs in the USA — then maybe some people will begin buying them again.

Why shouldn’t EV owners pay for using roads? EVs essentially get around the gas tax, but still use roads

It should be mileage based, not a flat fee. Someone who drives 5,000 miles a year and someone who drives 25,000 miles a year shouldn’t be paying the same in road taxes.

I agree wholeheartedly.

But but but I drove out of state a lot and paid their gas tax. That isn’t fair!!!!

It’s not charging money that’s the problem.
It’s charging fixed fees.

Total gasoline tax is $0.496/gallon.

If a Prius owner gets 50mpg then $204 gets them …
204/(0.496/50) ~= 20,565
If a compact car owner gets 30mpg $204 gets them …
204/(0.496/30) ~= 12,339 miles

Average-based fees are regressive (more affluent owners drive further) and send bad market signals.

So you’re against free (prepaid like Tesla or Hyundai) charging, right?

Right now we have no other practical way to do this. It’s as good as it gets.

Unless you’re willing to install a government tracker in your car. Are you?

Why wouldn’t I? Why wouldn’t anyone… unless, of course, they were a criminal?

I don’t need the government to be able to locate me at all times or track where I am.

If you think that wanting privacy means you’re a criminal then just call me a criminal.

Why is everyone so paranoid?

The government already knows my car mileage, they record it every 2 years when I get the emissions done and any time a car is sold. How is this different? It’s not like the government has a tracking device on my bank account to determine my income tax.

It’s called you self report when you pay for taxes/registration and they randomly audit to keep people honest. It’s not that complicated. If you assume people are that big of cheats, then just make everyone come in for “emissions” every 2 years to have the odometer read. Sure, a few criminals will cheat just like on income taxes, but not enough to justify GPS tracking everyone with some kind of “Enemy of the State” type thing that every conspiracy theorist seems to think is the only solution for the “big bad government” to know how much we drive on roads owned and maintained by, gasp, the government (who has cameras all over the roads, by the way).

Yes. The government has a tracking device on your bank account to determine your income tax. They get your income report from your employer. They get a 1099-INT report from your bank (you know, the report that says “a copy of this information has been provided to the IRS”). And as of a few years ago they get all your stock trades too.

So yes, the government decided they needed a tracking device on your accounts to calculate your income tax. What’s odd is you didn’t know it.

They should pay the same but:

A 25 MPG car pays 187.20 $ a year if the person drives 15,000 miles (which is above average).

A 50 MPG HEV would only pay 93.60 $ in taxes @ 15,500 miles.

I think they have the following lots at the airport: Hourly, Daily, Economy, Park Ride and Reserve. Not to mention employee lots.

Looks like Economy lots are not getting new chargers here, but that makes sense, since EVs would be sitting for days, blocking the chargers.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I don’t think Airports are the best place for chargers.
DJ has already addressed that above.

Yep, saw these in the South Deck a few weeks ago when I returned from a trip. Some are L1 and some L2. I am flying to Wichita for 36 hours next week and will now drive my Leaf instead of my CX-9 since I can plug in while parked.

Well, I’ll drive the Leaf IF I can convince my teenage daughter to let me use it. I bought it for her and she HATES driving any of our ICE cars now. 🙂

That’s cool!!

Now they just need some DCFC chargers in the cell phone lot.

SMUD installed two in the cell phone waiting lot at the Sacramento airport in Sacramento, California.

Only inferior EVs have to charge at airports.
Most people with 100 miles of range can make the round trip and charge at home much cheaper than whatever these guys are trying to soak you for.

If Atlanta has 102 EV charging stations how many does LAX have. I would have thought CA airports would have the most charging stations since CA has the most EV’s.

Surely not that many. These things go in waves.

Although LAX doesn’t need that much EV parking. The only thing you really need EV parking for at an airport is to keep your battery warm if it gets cold, and it doesn’t get that cold in LA. Otherwise you just drive your EV to the airport park it in a normal spot and then drive it away. Like any other car.

San Jose airport has a GM EV1 charger (inductive power station)!

Someone never told them there are no more Magnecharge EVs on the road anymore. For 15 years now.

Hopefully they put these in SHORT term parking too (the ‘cell phone lot’ in Austin) so when you go to pick somebody up you are there for an hour or less you can top off to get them (and you) back home.

The other thing they should do is make sure EACH plug can serve 2 spaces so when passenger A is done passenger B can use the same charger.

Many cars lock the plug in.

I don’t think you want to open the can of worms as to when it is acceptable to unplug other people’s cars and whether using a butter knife to unlock it is acceptable.

Yeah just had a long discussion yesterday with an ‘enthusiastic’ 2017 Prius Prime owner. It locks the J1772 connector until the driver personally comes back, *NOT* when done charging. Hopefully Toyota will make it that the cord can optionally be removed in the future to optimize usage – or – the public wallbox provider can start charging IDLE FEES such as Tesla now does at their SC’s, to encourage prompt disconnection at the completion of charging.

RE: the PP, interestingly the car starts charging at a 60 watt rate for 2 minutes, jumps then to 2500 watts, and after 3 minutes, jumps to 3200 watts (at a 200 volt sourcing). This is about the same as a new VOLT would do, and much better than the 3000 watts I’d get on my ELR.

The flap on the charge port says 100-240 volts, 1ph, 20 amps (!!!).

Of course in this case, the car was charging (assuming pf > 0.99) at 16 amperes, (Gen 1 Voltecs can’t do any better than 15).

How hard is it for companies to product test and/or work out use cases. Keeping the charger locked after the charge has completed seems like a poor design and aids in promoting aggression and frustration when people leave their full car unattended for long periods of time.
Conversely, my 2012 Leaf doesn’t lock the cable in so someone could unplug it immediately after I plug it in, that is annoying!