As suspected, AeroVironment has just partnered up with its fifth major automaker, inking a deal with Fiat to be its preferred supplier for the all-electric Fiat 500e. That makes five automakers that have chosen AeroVironment as its home charging partner – the other four being Nissan, BMW, Mitsubishi and Ford.
AeroVironment prides itself on being the first and only all-in-one-stop charging company for home installations, turning 500e drivers' garages into home "filling stations" providing convenience through the charging station, electrical installation and a three-year warranty. Fiat 500e owners can now bundle the home charger and installation cost with the car purchase while visiting a Fiat Studio to get a 500e for just $199 a month lease (maybe).
AeroVironment will then send out a certified, licensed electrician to do the on-site installation. The package includes a SAE J1772 connector that will fuel up the Fiat 500e's 24-kWh lithium-ion battery in four hours or less. AeroVironment's UL-listed charging station can be installed indoors or outdoors, and there are over 12,000 of them in operation in the US today.