Milbank Manufacturing Co., Kansas City, Mo., is jumping into the electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) game in a big way. Milbank sealed a deal with AeroVironment, Inc., Monrovia, Calif., to provide the company's electric vehicle charging stations to its customers – including utilities, developers, contractors, businesses, and consumers – through Milbank's nationwide distribution network.
The EVSE systems will become part of Milbank's PowerGen line of renewable power solutions and furthers the expansion of EV charging infrastructure throughout the United States. This comes on the heels of Milbank's venture announced last year to offer commercial wind turbines -- both interesting moves for what was once considered a specialist in meter sockets for the utility market.
Milbank will offer several of AeroVironment's EV charging station models for home, office, retail complex, fleet yard, or construction site applications. AeroVironment's smart charging station is compatible with the Smart Grid and capable of interacting with utilities to help manage the potential impact of EVs on the electric grid. Milbank's distribution network will give electrical contractors throughout the nation access to EV charging products to support all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. EV and hybrid-electric drivers will also gain access to these products through major home improvement retailers served by Milbank.
“AeroVironment has been continuously innovating in the electric vehicle space for decades,” said Lavon Winkler, President and CEO of Milbank. “We share a common vision with AeroVironment to provide an end-to-end solution that ensures complete peace of mind for EV drivers, so they can literally charge up and go.”