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Towing a Nissan Leaf to charge it – Click above to watch video after the jump

When you have a Nissan Leaf with an empty battery, desperately need to get somewhere and there's no charging station around, your options are pretty limited. For the moment at least, Nissan will gladly tow your EV at no cost, though something tells us the driver may have an issue with being your personal chauffeur. But there may be another alternative to help you get where you're going. As one enterprising Leaf driver recently found out, towing the vehicle using a tow bar actually quickly charges the batteries thanks to the vehicle's regenerative braking.

Now, as you can tell from the video after the break, this may not be the best thing for the Leaf's powertrain. The owner's manual specifically warns against towing in this manner unless it's a dire emergency, and the Leaf's computer seems all kinds of out of sorts after a brief tow session behind a Toyota Tundra. We wouldn't be surprised if this even led to warranty issues down the line, too. The bottom line is that while the stunt makes for compelling internet entertainment, it's not something we'd recommend trying at home. Be warned that the video may be a little NSFW due to some brief foul language (the audio is in Dutch, but there are English subtitles). Check it out after the jump.



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      Pat
      • 3 Years Ago
      The most interesting part of this video is knowing that they have Tundras in the Netherlands!
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW finally a practical use for a pickup truck.
        longducdong
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        You mean "finally a practical use for a Tundra!"
        THE GREAT ONE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        pickup truck work great, you must live in a big city and ride busses
      carboy55
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to collect a dollar for every dipshit who does everything wrong with Nissan LEAF to make things go wrong. America has no shame left. Congratulations, Jerry Springer.
        goober1424
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carboy55
        I'd like to collect a dollar for every dipshit who assumes that America has a monopoly on stupidity and subterfuge.
      Dave
      • 3 Years Ago
      The leaf becomes a bigger and bigger pile of fail every day it's on sale.
        Dylan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dave
        What a nonsensical comment, how does this make the car any better or worse than when it first came out? If anything, it shows there is an emergency way to charge the car, the equivalent of having to run out and get a can of extra gas for the car if your car has run out because you were too stupid to refill it.
      GeneralLee
      • 3 Years Ago
      what if you drove the Leaf while lightly holding the brakes the whole time? I know this would eventually destroy the brakes but I wonder how much this would improve the range? Just an interesting though!
        Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GeneralLee
        It would reduce the range, one of the fundamental laws of physics is that energy cannot be created or destroyed, so you'd use more energy to overcome the brakes than the brakes would regenerate
        JaredN
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GeneralLee
        Someone failed thermo ;)
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JaredN
          Someone failed at life. lol
      muel32
      • 3 Years Ago
      These electric joke vehicles are for the feel good, i make a difference bunch. How much energy is needed from the coal fired power plants to plug these cars into the grid???? I will never give up my V8 gas guzzling rubber burning cars.
      captmopar3
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll keep my 1987 Chevy Caprice Wagon thank you very much! Has enough room to fit Three Nissan Leafs in the back!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      JaredN
      • 3 Years Ago
      But I thought range anxiety was a myth ;)
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      cmax383666
      • 3 Years Ago
      it just keeps on getting better and better,next thing you know they will live tell you if you live on a hill your warranty is no good.
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