Fast-charge station will improve daily range of electric vehicles

Southern Company has signed an agreement to become the first authorized distributor of a fast-charge station that will significantly advance the usable daily range of electric vehicles.

The device, known as the PosiCharge EV Fast Charge Station, is manufactured by AeroVironment. Southern Company will distribute PosiCharge in eleven southeastern states, including Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Louisiana.

The PosiCharge EV Fast Charge Station will significantly advance the usable daily range of electric vehicles by charging a battery pack in a matter of minutes instead of hours. The station can be used with the Ford Ranger electric pickup, electric buses, and electric non-road vehicles such as lift trucks and airport ground service equipment.

Southern Company plans to use the PosiCharge to build "electric vehicle corridors" -- electric vehicle friendly regions, where drivers are assured of a quick recharge during journeys.

"Fast charging will form the basis of electric vehicle infrastructure in the south," said Mike Anderson, Georgia Power Company electric transportation manager. "With Georgia selecting the Ford Ranger EV as the low bid electric vehicle for state fleet purchase, we felt it imperative to implement compatible fast charge stations."

Today`s fleet electric vehicles attain approximately 50 miles of usable range before requiring a six hour recharge. With PosiCharge, in under 20 minutes, 80% of the battery charge can be re-established. With just three 10-minute breaks during the day, standard lead-acid batteries, using fast charging are capable of as much as 150 miles range.