AAA to Offer Mobile Charging - 2011 Nissan Leaf SL Long-Term Road Test

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2011 Nissan Leaf SL: AAA to Offer Mobile Charging

June 22, 2011

Leaf AAA.jpg Edmunds Auto Observer is reporting that the American Automobile Association (AAA) will be offering mobile charging for EVs that run out of juice.

Details are limited at the moment, but Auto Observer speculates that the charging will most likely use the faster Level 3 chargers. Level 2 chargers, which require eight hours for a full charge, would not be a practical solution.

Not all EVs and not all Leafs have a plug to accommodate a Level 3 charger. The "Quick Charge Port" (left plug in the photo above) is a $700 option only available on the Leaf's higher SL trim level. A 30-minute charge from the 500-volt quick charger can bring the battery to within 80 percent of a full battery.

The AAA program is scheduled to launch later this summer in a few select cities. We're hoping Los Angeles is one of them, just in case we have another incident like this. A 30-minute charge would have given us plenty of battery power to get back to the office and avoided the hassle of having the car towed.

Would you be more willing to purchase an electric car if more of these AAA trucks were out there? Would it help alleviate your range anxiety?

Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Associate @ 2,602 miles

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