Pardon my recurrent electric-car obsession, but I simply couldn’t resist snarkily linking to this item from Automotive News, about the new Nissan Leaf.
If your Leaf EV goes limp near Nissan headquarters in Japan, help is on the way. But it’s not very green.
In a test program in its home prefecture south of Tokyo, Nissan’s 5-ton “EV rescue vehicle,” with a 29-kilowatt diesel-slurping mobile generator, speeds to the aid of EV drivers with dead batteries.
The Japan Automobile Federation, Japan’s version of AAA, says it rode to the rescue of broken-down electric cars 86 times from last summer through April. In 73 cases it was because the electric vehicle had drained its battery.
Nissan is building a Leaf factory in Tennessee and sold 1,000 of the little hatchbacks for $32,780 each in May — not counting the $7,500-per-car federal tax credit we all kicked in to help
upscale consumers feel green save gas and/or the planet.
I wonder how many of Leaf buyers know that there might actually be a big honking diesel truck in their future? Can’t wait to see what the resulting traffic tie-ups look like.