Nissan testing electric-vehicle rescue truck to help stranded LEAF owners

Nissan LEAF

Having range-anxiety is one of the many reasons consumers end up shying away from electric-cars. As the producer of the world’s first mass electric-car, the LEAF, Nissan is testing an EV rescue vehicle to recharge stranded LEAF drivers in Japan.

Think of the EV rescue vehicle like a tow truck that doesn’t tow. The truck is equipped with a charging system for electric-cars, that help stranded drivers needing a little bit of juice. The rescue truck is being deployed to “build confidence in EV use,” says Nissan, especially since a charging infrastructure is still in the development stage Japan.

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“There are no plans to expand beyond that region,” said Katherine Zachary, Nissan Americas spokesperson.

“As EVs gain wider consumer acceptance, it is important to create a roadside assistance system that can help motorists driving EVs which have run out of battery power,” said Hitoshi Kawaguchi, Nissan’s senior vice president of external and governmental affairs, in a statement. “Nissan is leveraging the development and trial operation of this roadside service vehicle with charging equipment.”

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Refresher: Power for the Nissan LEAF comes from a 107-hp electric-motor that runs on power supplied by lithium-ion cells. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF allows for a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 90 mph. A full charge takes up to 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. Buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes. Prices for the 2011 Nissan LEAF will start at $32,780 but with a federal tax-credit prices will come in as low as $25,280, or for a lease payment of $349 a month.

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Source: Inside Line