AeroVironment’s Electric Vehicle Dealer Program (EVDP) will help certainly dealers by allowing them to package the best home charger for your electric vehicle (EV) as well as the installation and match the warranty to vehicle. We have come a long way since when buying an EV was a difficult task involving separately finding a charging station, a certified electrician, and the long wait for local permits. The procedure just takes an hour, thanks to AeroVironment.
AeroVironment Eases Plug-In Vehicles Experience. EV and plug-in hybrid, PHEV drivers can now easily finance their home chargers, installation and permits with AeroVironment. The company’s Finance and Investment (F&I) package includes a turnkey charging station solution for all of your charging needs. If you are in Orlando, Florida at the moment, you can go see AeroVironment at the National Automotive Dealers Association Convention and Expo in booth #3953 this week.
Mobile Level 2 Charger. AeroVironment also offers an intelligent Level 2 charger that you can bring with you for extended stays. The mobile EVSE-RS Level 2 is a 240 Volt system specifically6 designed for residential use that cuts down charge time by more than half from Level 1. The best part about it is you can bring it with you on the road and the charger easily mounts on a wall near your dedicated 240 V line. With the new program, you can now buy your plug-in hybrid and or electric vehicle, get your AeroVironment charger, have it financed along with the terms of your vehicle. Better yet, the installation is included and comes with a licensed electrician and local permits. If this wasn’t good enough, AeroVironment also provides an at-home, in-person 24 hours a day, seven days a week support.
This is an interview I had with Tom Carney, Director of Automotive Sales on the specifics.
NZ - Tom, tell us how AeroVironment is facilitating an electric vehicle’s ownership?
TC - A new EV or PHEV driver needs to be able to recharge at home with a charging station. All of this needs to be packaged within four days. Our installation network spreads out through 50 states with license professionals. We have streamlined the process, simplified it, and make sure the hardware is properly installed with a 24 hour, 7 day warranty that will bring you a technician at home within one business day. We provide dealers with one on one training that includes bringing them up to speed on their city’s specific permits.
NZ - As the electric vehicle industry matures, charging stations are becoming more an integrated solution with electric vehicle makers. Are you working with carmakers?
TC - Charging stations are crucial and not the first thing on people’s minds. For instance, the Marriott Resort installing charging stations everywhere is important and sends the message that hotels are rolling out charging stations, thus shrinking range anxiety.
NZ - What is currently the biggest hurdle when it comes to owning an electric vehicle in your eyes?
TC - Dealers education is important, but consumers are still bombarded with range anxiety. It is important to get consumers comfortable to drive it home, plug at night, and charge 3.5 hours in the comfort of their homes. We are working actively with Nissan on fast DC charger. Many consumer realize they can drive by a Nissan dealership and have an 80% charge in 20 minutes. In essence, we are appealing to consumer by making financing easier.
NZ - How do carmakers see charging station manufacturers?
TC - As we work more with OEM, such as Nissan, BMW, Mitsubishi, we come in to simplify the financing process through our F&I office where everything is contracted. We can then take care of the installation and the charger is matched to car’s warranty. In other words, in two to three minutes we can have city permits and still offer a three to six year warranty, which is invoiced to the dealer.
AeroVironment is doing a great job facilitating the entire electric car home charging experience by making it easier to purchase the right charger for an EV or PHEV, matching its warranty to the vehicle and taking care of installation and permits. Its 24 hour and 7 day warranty service guarantees a technician to your home. AeroVironment is making it easier than ever owning an electric vehicle.
Dealers attending the NADA conference in Orlando, Fla. can learn more by visiting AeroVironment at booth #3953 or by attending its cocktail reception February 9, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Peabody Hotel. To sign up for the dealer program, contact AeroVironment at 888-499-8759 or email email@example.com.
AeroVironment is the preferred home charging supplier of the Nissan LEAF®, BMW ActiveE, and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. The company’s broad line of home charging systems includes the standard Level 2 home charging system and a do-it-yourself wall-mounted “plug-in” unit that is available for dealer stock. More information on AeroVironment’s EV charging solutions can be found at www.evsolutions.com.
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