Nissan is introducing a program designed to combat (the General Motor’s coined term) “Range Anxiety,” namely with a no fault, coast to coast, roadside assistance program in Japan.
While the LEAF does have a mobile phone/personal computer application that can tell you the charge level in your LEAF (and how far you can safely travel in it), there still may be a time when you find yourself unprepared for the distance to be travelled, possibly ending up on the side of the road, out of juice. What to do then?
For just such occasions when LEAF owners find themselves stranded without power, (and also for people who have a fear of such a situation), Nissan is offering a monthly service (1,500 yen/month-$18USD) that will pick you up, and drop you off at the nearest Nissan dealership to take advantage of their L3 (or L2 as the case may be) quick charge infrastructure to get you back on your way.
Also included in this $200-ish yearly program will be free ‘check-ups’ every 6 months for the LEAF, (no word on exactly what this entails as of yet), and will also provide insurance liability/coverage of up to 550,000 yen ($6,500USD) for expenses incurred by way of the battery running out of power. /I’m guessing pizza delivery at the side of the road is on Nissan
No word yet if the program will arrive for the US…but in all likelihood, some variation on the theme will be in place by the time LEAFs start arriving at dealerships in December.