The AA has formed a partnership with Chargemaster to help members who own, or are considering an electric vehicle.
The AA will now use the POLAR network, an EV charging network operated by Chargemaster, to provide an emergency backup charging solution for its patrols in the unlikely event that an EV driver runs out of charge.
AA patrols have already undergone intensive training in how to deal with any breakdowns involving electric or hybrid vehicles using a specialised rig at the patrols’ training centre.
AA patrols will carry POLAR RFID fobs and if an AA member is stranded with an empty battery, they will be recovered to the nearest POLAR network charging point and provided with a complimentary charge to get them back on the road as soon as possible.
At the moment, 41 per cent of AA members own diesel cars but when asked if their next car will be diesel this drops 60 per cent 16 per cent.
Overall a third of AA members aim to switch from diesel and petrol for their next car purchase, according to a major AA-Populus survey of 19,308 drivers.
Edmund King OBE, AA president, said: “We have always been at the forefront of motoring innovation and as our member surveys show, the number of plug-in vehicles on the roads is going to increase quickly.
“So we want to ensure that all of our members are supported on the road, no matter what vehicle they drive. Our partnership with Chargemaster will offer AA members fantastic benefits in the future and now gives them peace of mind in the event of an emergency.”