Fiat Picks AeroVironment To Supply And Install Home EV Charging Stations

Fiat has selected AeroVironment, Inc. as the preferred provider of home charging stations and installations for its all-new, all-electric Fiat 500e.

Fiat is the fifth plug-in electric vehicle (EV) auto manufacturer to choose AeroVironment as its full-service home charging partner.

The 2013 Fiat 500e features a 24-kilowatt-hour Lithium-ion battery that will allow drivers to travel an estimated 108 miles, and uses an industry standard SAE J1772 recharge connector.

AeroVironment said the Fiat-branded 240-volt refueling station will charge the Fiat 500e in four hours or less versus the approximate 20 hours it would take using a standard 120-volt charging cable.

AeroVironment’s UL-listed station can be installed indoors or outdoors, making it easy to locate the station in the most convenient location.

“The Fiat 500e increases the number of plug-in electric vehicles available to American drivers,” said Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of its Efficient Energy Systems business segment. “By choosing AeroVironment as its one-stop solution for home charging, FIAT has given us yet another opportunity to demonstrate that electric driving can be easy. At home and on the road, our charging solutions give EV drivers the benefits and convenience of faster charging and cleaner driving.”

Fiat 500e owners can bundle the home charger and installation with the car purchase right at the Fiat Studio. AeroVironment-certified, licensed electricians who are also specially qualified to support EV drivers perform on-site installation and services.

AeroVironment also said it is the preferred integrated home charging solution supplier for five global automakers and their growing fleets of plug-in electric vehicles.  The company’s line of home charging systems includes the 240-volt home charging system and a do-it-yourself wall-mounted “plug-in” unit that is available for dealer stock.