AeroVironment, Inc. introduced TurboCord—a compact, UL-listed, dual-mode 240-volt/16-amperage and 120-volt portable charging cordset (MSRP $649). TurboCord is also available in a 240-volt only version (MSRP $599).
TurboCord weighs less than five pounds and plugs directly into the electrical outlet. It has an easy-to-see LED indicator and no buttons. Its miniaturized electronics and safety features are housed in a compact package that also incorporates the plug. TurboCord incorporates patent-pending technology that monitors the internal temperature of the unit as well as the wall outlet connection, to ensure safe and reliable charging. It is outdoor-rated, watertight with the highest waterproof NEMA 6P rating and durability tested.
|TurboCord. Click to enlarge.|
TurboCord is very compact, light, powerful and delivers unmatched charging versatility. 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.—Wahid Nawabi, senior vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems business segment
Nawabi said another feature EV owners will especially like is that AeroVironment has eliminated the “pigtail” that comes with other cordsets. On one end of the cord there is a small and rugged module that contains all of the miniaturized electronics, which plugs directly into the wall outlet. On the other end of the cord is the coupler that plugs into the car. With TurboCord, an EV driver does not have to contend with a clunky and heavy box on the cord between the vehicle and the wall socket that is found on other cordsets.