Nissan Vehicle To Rescue Stranded EV Owners

Nissan has partnered with the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) to test a new type of roadside service vehicle that’s equipped with an electric vehicle charger. The service will begin on June 7, 2011.

The automaker has been working with governments and organizations to advance EV infrastructure around the world.  While promoting green innovation, the automaker has developed a prototype roadside service vehicle equipped with a charging system for EVs which become inoperable. Nissan and JAF have partnered to promote the real-world use of this vehicle, which is intended to create a safety net and render assistance to EVs which may run out battery power, and to help stranded motorists.

“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,” said Hitoshi Kawaguchi, Nissan’s senior vice president of External and Governmental Affairs. “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.”

In the wake of the Nissan Leaf’s launch, JAF conducted roadside assistance training for EVs using a Leaf. JAF also initiated related practical roadside service training across Japan using other EVs in cooperation with other automakers.

Masakazu Kume, Executive Director, Japan Automobile Federation, said, “JAF has been working on ways to create an environment where motorists can drive EVs with the assurance that assistance is available and to support the adoption of environmentally-friendly EVs as part of our social contribution activities. Our participation in this trial operation is one of these activities. 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.”