Nissan trials roadside assistance for EVs
The prototype vehicle will operate from JAF’s Kanagawa branch, as a first step towards establishing a safety net for EV drivers who run out of charge. It follows a training scheme by the company last year, using a Nissan LEAF to demonstrate roadside assistance and towing for fully electric cars.
Hitoshi Kawaguchi, Nissan's senior vice president of external and governmental affairs, said: ‘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.’