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Old 03-16-2012, 06:52 AM   #1
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Nissan Leaf as toad.

Just spoke with Nissan (via online chat session) and asked if the Leaf (their new EV offering) could be towed 4-down and if so, would it charge its batteries while being towed.

How cool would it be to tow an EV and always have it charged when you needed it? (I realize there is no free lunch, and that for this to work the Leaf would have to introduce some drag to the coach, causing ITS fuel economy to suffer by some degree.)

Answers: No and No. The Leaf cannot be towed at all unless on a trailer, and even if it could, it would not charge its batteries.

Bummer.
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Cool idea, but not a surprising response.
I think you're a little high up on the "early adopter" curve to be expecting such a well-rounded solution. Wait a few more years, something like this may be possible as these cars go through their generational enhancements. Any the hackers and tinkerers get into the software which runs them.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:19 PM   #3
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Hah! No one ever accused me of being an early adopter of anything.

I knew before I asked the question what the answer was likely to be. I fired off an email to Nissan Investor Relations (they seem to know how to get information to where it needs to go) with the idea. Maybe it'll be something they'll look into. Never hurts to plant a seed.
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If the Leaf uses the same charging method as the Toyota Prius, which also is a no tow, it's braking that generates charging. How about finding a way to use the moho braking to charge the house batteries?
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I have approached several hybrid and e-car manufactures about this.
I can't even find out why so many are no-two.
Adding the controls for the dynamic/regenerative braking to answer an external command would not be all that difficult from what I know of electric vehicles. With that, any time you are braking or retarding, you would be charging the toad - For Free! (I like Free!)

This is discouraging, but maybe someone will get the plan.

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