Yokohama, Japan – Nissan and the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) have announced a joint trial operation of roadside assistance for electric vehicles (EVs) that run out of battery power. The trial service starts today.
Nissan is taking part in a technology development project launched by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, aimed at promoting “green” innovation. In line with the effort, Nissan developed a prototype roadside service vehicle equipped with a charging system for EVs. JAF will deploy the service vehicle and use it on a trial basis as part of its service menu this year.
The trial project will be a valuable first step as the two move forward in creating a safety net and assistance to EVs that may run out of battery power.
“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.”