Breakdown service the AA has introduced a fleet of twelve electric vehicles (EVs) to its existing fleet, including three vans equipped with mobile charging capabilities to rescue EV drivers in a muddle.
During a trial period some vehicles will be used for general breakdown assistance while others specialise in specific faults such as misfuels and manufacturer recalls.
The three vehicles equipped with on-board EV chargers can assist plug-in cars that have run out of charge by adding up to 25 miles of range within 60 minutes helping them reach the nearest charger.
Dean Keeling, managing director of roadside service at the AA, said: “This is a ground-breaking moment for the AA and the UK breakdown sector.
“By adding a fleet of electric vehicles into our roadside service, coupled with every patrol being trained to help EV breakdowns, we have truly cemented our place as the UK’s number one company for EVs providing whole-life assistance for drivers.”
In another trial, the AA took on a hydrogen fuel cell roadside breakdown vehicle, the Hyundai NEXO, last year, operating on breakdown jobs in ultra-low emission zones.