South Australia’s RAA launches emergency EV charging van

woman and two men smiling in front of RAA Patrol E-Van (emergency EV charging)
RAA GM Automotive Services Dorothy Nycz, RAA CEO Nick Reade, and RAA Future Technology Expert Simon Halford with the new E-Van

RAA has announced the launch of its new Patrol E-Van hitting South Australian roads this week in addition to a new emergency EV charging service.

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The all-electric Patrol van will been added to the fleet of RAA vehicles servicing members, while the emergency EV charging service will enable stranded EV drivers to get to their nearest charging location if they run out of power.

RAA CEO Nick Reade said, “As one of the founding members of the South Australian government’s Fleet Pledge Program, we are actively transitioning our corporate fleet to electric vehicles. This is a first and significant step for RAA in transitioning our patrol fleet to an all-electric one.”

Reade said RAA’s emergency charging service, also launching this week on a six-month trial basis, was another way RAA was helping to solve range anxiety for EV drivers.

“RAA is proud to be a trusted leader in South Australia’s transition to electric vehicles,” he said.

“At RAA we’re well on the road to solving this problem—both through this new mobile charging service and the statewide EV charging network, RAA Charge, which is set to be complete in 2024.

“From this week, South Australian EV drivers will have the confidence that if they do run out of charge on the road, we’ll be there to rescue them with our emergency mobile charging device.”

The mobile charging technology will operate out of a dedicated Patrol van, based at RAA’s Mile End site and will be dispatched to any member in the metro area as needed.

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Previously, RAA would have to organise for any ‘flat’ EV to be towed to the nearest charging site or member’s address.

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