June 9, 2011 19:34 by Ty
So you got yourself a new electric car that runs 100% off of the power grid? It’s green, great for the environment, comes with tax benefits, there’s no gasoline or diesel bill at every fill up, and it’s the new trend everyone wants to be a part of by purchasing an electric vehicle. But what happens when you run out of juice in your electric vehicle?
You’re stranded! You ran out of battery power in your electric vehicle. An easy solution would be to call AAA and have a tow truck fix us up. Well, your electric car doesn’t take gasoline or diesel, so it will most likely end up being an expensive tow if you are not within your 10 mile free tow limit.
However, in Japan there is an ‘EV Rescue Vehicle’ operated by Nissan Motor Co and is equipped with a 29kW diesel generator that can partially charge a Nissan Leaf in 20 minutes to increase the range by 24 miles. There is nothing available in the United States that can provide services like the ‘EV Rescue Vehicle’ in Japan. General Motors and Toyota are currently talking to AAA about offering an emergency charging roadside assistance to eliminate range anxiety and allow EV car owners to drive further off of one full charge.
Your electric car will most likely need to be towed back home or to the nearest charging station if you run out of battery power. Plan your trips wisely and be conservative on your range to ensure your ride back home is not on a tow truck. Electric cars may be great for the environment, but can be a real hassle for new EV car owners not familiar with EV range capabilities.
More frequently asked questions about Electric Vehicles (EV) can be found on Nissan’s Web site.
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