Blink Charging and AAA Join Hands to support EV drivers, expand EV solutions and charging services. The former is already installing Electric Vehicle chargers at the latter’s branch offices and repair facilities, the partnership will now extend to its service providers such as towing and battery service. AAA clubs are upgrading facilities to attract more EV drivers and provide better roadside assistance. Thus this is going to benefit 19 AAA clubs along with their affiliates at over 60,000 locations across the US.
Blink Charging and AAA expanding EV solutions and charging services for AAA members. The primary service provided by American Automobile Association (AAA) clubs is emergency road assistance, although they also offer numerous other services. A state AAA club contracts private local towing companies to handle these services.
Numerous on-site EV chargers are already installed by Blink at AAA branch offices along with AAA-owned repair facilities, and auto repair shops. Blink is expanding its range of offerings and products to include AAA service providers, which provide towing, light services, battery services, and more.
According to Blink, the partnership will be advantageous for 19 out of the total 32 AAA clubs, along with their affiliates present at more than 60,000 locations throughout the US. Furthermore, members can benefit from reduced costs by utilizing a simplified ordering procedure and being offered preferred pricing alternatives.
American Automobile Association clubs aim to enhance their appeal to EV drivers and increase their membership by incorporating extra EV charging options into their establishments and fleets. This initiative will not only equip roadside assistance providers with advanced tools and expertise, but will also make their services more efficient and reliable for EV owners. EV drivers will be supported by the Blink-AAA partnership in the long run.
Automotive managing director at AAA, Cliff Ruud, said, “AAA is proud to have been serving members for over 120 years. During this time, road service has remained the main reason for membership growth; this may be attributed to the association’s ability to evolve along with technology and changes within the automotive space.”
“Today, EVs play a pivotal role in the changing automotive industry, and AAA is thrilled to welcome Blink as a Preferred Supplier providing roadside EV solutions to our members,” Ruud added.
Chief Revenue Officer for Blink Charging, Mike Battaglia, expressed the importance of this collaboration. “We are thrilled to cooperate with AAA, enabling clubs and service providers to build a robust EV charging infrastructure using Blink’s extensive line of products and solutions.”
“As EVs become increasingly commonplace, there is a growing demand for charging services along with roadside assistance. Teaming up with AAA presents a great solution, and Blink is excited to offer AAA’s EV members the same level of exceptional service and reliability that AAA has been synonymous with for over a century,” said Battaglia.
If AAA and Blink Charging are able to successfully execute this partnership, it has the potential to greatly benefit EV drivers throughout the United States once it is implemented on a larger scale.
Before Blink Charging and AAA Join Hands to support EV drivers, in December, AAA made an announcement regarding its plans to enhance its EV services. This includes a pilot program that will operate in 14 cities, using trucks fitted with mobile EV chargers that provide sufficient range for drivers to get home or to the closest charging station. The inclusion of that service does not incur any additional charges, which is only fair.
Currently, being piloted in the following cities:
- Avon, MA
- Bend, OR
- Charlotte, NC
- Denver, CO
- Grand Rapids, MI
- Indianapolis, IN
- Nashville, TN
- Orlando, FL
- Peabody, MA
- Philadelphia, PAHarrisburg, PA
- Portland, OR
- Providence, RI
- San Francisco, CA
- West Springfield, MA
About Blink Charging
It is a leading company in electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment, has installed around 73,000 charging ports all over the world. These charging ports include networked EV charging stations, making it convenient for EV drivers to charge their vehicles at any of Blink’s locations. The primary range of products and services offered by Blink revolves around their Blink EV charging network, EV charging equipment, EV charging services, as well as the products and services obtained through recent acquisitions like SemaConnect, Blue Corner, BlueLA, and Envoy.
By 2030, it is predicted that electric vehicle (EV) purchases will make up 50% of all passenger car sales in the US. To promote the adoption of EVs, Blink has formed important partnerships with various types of locations, such as parking facilities, residential areas, workplaces, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, airports, car dealerships, hotels, public spaces, parks, religious institutions, restaurants, retail stores, stadiums, supermarkets, and transportation hubs.
The American Automobile Association, or AAA, is a federation of associated auto clubs. Every AAA association operates autonomously as a non-profit entity, established and registered under the laws of its respective state and overseen by its own Board of Directors. To be affiliated with AAA, every club must provide specific standard services to its own members and members of other AAA clubs. TEach club has exclusive ownership over its respective territory and grants membership to residents within that area. Services and membership fees may differ slightly among clubs.