Nissan Leaf charging alternatives: Possible warranty issues

By Peter Chubb - May 26, 2011

For those of you who have run out of juice in your modern electric vehicle while on the road, then there is a possible solution. For some time now drivers have been looking for Nissan Leaf charging alternatives, and looks like there is one after all. However, it is not in the way that you are thinking, such as a portable charger or something sensible like that.

We already know that Nissan is prepared to tow your Leaf if you have run out of charge for free. However, Autoblog has found a video on YouTube that offers you a solution. It seems that if you have your car towed the batteries will recharge themselves, which is a direct result of regenerative braking.

Nissan warns from the start that this should not be done, as it could cause damage to the powertrain. They do say that you should only do so if it is an emergency and there is no other way to get you and your Leaf home. It seems that there was an issue with the computer on the vehicle after being towed in this way, which could potentially lead to issues with the cars warranty.

We have to agree with Autoblog’s warning when they say that this is a fun video to watch. We know that there are other ways to charge your leaf when the batteries run down, please do not try getting a friend to tow your Nissan Leaf home, you might find that you will void the warranty.

Would you risk having your Nissan Leaf towed in a way that could charge the batteries but void the warranty?

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