The charge anxiety of an Electric Vehicle (EV) has deterred many from purchase. With few places to recharge, the possibility of being stranded is high. Nissan and the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) announced a roadside recharging service for all EVs that has lost power. Nissan developed a few roadside vehicles equipped with EV recharging equipment that can be deployed from a Kanagawa branch office. Of course this one office will not service all of Japan, it is first being tested in an extremely limited area. It is a first step in promoting green technology, EVs, and to provide a "safety net" for all EV owners.


Nissan VP of External and Government affairs, Hitoshi Kawaguchi, had this to say about the effort, "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, as well as to build a charging infrastructure. Nissan is leveraging the development and trial operation of this roadside service vehicle with charging equipment – and the accompanying staff training – to strengthen cooperation with JAF and to benefit customers. This will build confidence in EV use and contribute toward achieving a society with low carbon emissions."


With the countless towing companies in the world, I can see the same group of people fitted with EV recharging equipment becoming instantly accepted as the first thought in an EV charge emergency. Most gasoline based emergency vehicles are equipped with 300A alternators, a 3-phase AC source at either 12 or 24V. More than enough for a quick charge.

I personally think every EV should come with the "Bat Hook" power line leech, and carte blanche to use it.