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The Angel Car: Roadside Assistance for Electrics

With the all-electric Nissan Leaf coming out in December, people are starting to think more about the practicalities of owning an electric car....


With the all-electric Nissan Leaf coming out in December, people are starting to think more about the practicalities of owning an electric car. One question that often arises is this: If my battery does run out of juice, will the AAA guy have some way of charging it on the road?

The answer is yes. A Swiss company called Nation-E has developed a mobile charging unit that can be installed on any service vehicle. It has a 230-volt charger that can give an electric car an extra 19 miles in 15 minutes (though it's not entirely clear what powers the charger).


The AAA and any other roadside assistance service will probably want to get units like this as soon as possible. A mobile charging service could also work well to fill the gaps in charging infrastructure. Imagine you're at work or in a movie and decide you need a few extra miles. I could imagine an app you could use to report your location to a mobile charging service and request a charge. While you're at your desk, they find your car and charge it up. Maybe you just pay a monthly fee that varies with your use of the service.

Via Fast Company

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