„When you run out of battery with your EV, no AAA will help you – except with a tow.”
This line is a favorite weapon in the low-level propaganda war between gas and electric. Now Nissan, purveyor of the Leaf, goes on the counter-attack. Nissan deployed its first roadside service vehicle equipped with a charger to assist EVs that ran out of juice.
So far, it’s a trial only, together with the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF), Japan’s counterpart of the AAA. The trial service commences on June 7, 2011.
JAF will deploy the roadside service vehicle with the charger from its Kanagawa branch office and will use it on a trial basis as part of its service menu from fiscal year 2011.
There are other precautions that need to be taken. Masakazu Kume, Executive Director of the JAF said: “We have already prepared insulated gloves and goggles for our service vehicle staff to assist EVs. We will actively respond to requests from EV motorists as more and more EVs hit the road.”
Remember: This is only a test. There is only one vehicle in Japan, in Kanagawa, outside of Tokyo. AAA doesn’t have such a truck. So keep watching that gauge.