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, evsolutions.com 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.”