By Alyssa Dalton
April 21, 2014 – AeroVironment says its TurboCord—a dual mode 240V/16A and 120V portable charging cordset—has set a new standard for electric vehicle (EV) charging.
Boasting no charger installation, the TurboCord plugs directly into the electrical outlet and features built-in thermal sensors for protection against faulty wiring or inadequate power. Since the other end of the cord is the coupler that plugs into the car, the user does not have to contend with a box on the cord between the vehicle and the wall socket that is found on most other cordsets. It is UL listed, outdoor rated, watertight with high waterproof NEMA 6P rating and durability tested. According to AeroVironment, TurboCord users can charge a Nissan Leaf or Fiat 500e in less than six hours, while a Ford C-Max Energi plug-in and other plug-in hybrid vehicles can charge in less than three hours. The TurboCord is also available in a 240V only version.