AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) has written the latest chapter in the story of the ever-shrinking home EV charger, with the release of TurboCord, a portable 16-amp charging cordset. The dual mode (240 and 120 volts) TurboCord sells for $649, weighs less than five pounds and plugs directly into an electrical outlet. The single mode 240 volt model sells for $599.
“TurboCord is very compact, light, powerful and delivers unmatched charging versatility,” said AeroVironment Senior VP Wahid Nawabi. “It will empower drivers to make the transition easily from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles because it simplifies the charging process and can reduce costs significantly.”
The UL-listed TurboCord requires no charger installation, is waterproof for indoor and outdoor charging, and includes thermal sensors for protection against faulty wiring or inadequate power. It’s small enough to drop in the trunk, enabling charging away from home.
“TurboCord will deliver that extra convenience many people are looking for before deciding to drive home from a dealer in an EV, especially when automakers include it in the trunks of new cars,” said Nawabi. “A salesperson can open the trunk on the lot and tell the prospective buyer they can go home and start charging that same night if they have a 120-volt or 240-volt outlet at their home. A similar outlet at their workplace can allow them to drive their EV even farther.”