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by Tim Beissmann

Nissan Leaf electric cars that run out of juice in Japan are rescued by a five-tonne diesel truck and recharged by a high-powered diesel generator.

The not-so-green ‘EV Rescue Vehicle’ and its not-much-better 29kW diesel generator are operated by Nissan Motor Co. in collaboration with the Japanese environment ministry and the Japan Automobile Federation.

According to Automotive News, the truck has been called out 86 times in less than a year, with 73 of those to recharge a drained battery.

In the event of a dead battery, the stranded Leaf plugs into the EV Rescue Vehicle for a 20-minute charge, which is good for about 40km. The whole time, the generator blows out harmful emissions into the air, exactly the kind that the Leaf is designed to reduce.

The program is currently running as a trial in Nissan’s home of Kanagawa, south of Tokyo, and will continue until the end of this year.

It is designed to reduce range anxiety for drivers and improve Nissan’s after-sales service.

Another driving influence for Nissan is its image. The electric vehicle pioneer does not exactly want flat Leaf EVs sitting on the side of the road for the rest of the driving public to see.

The Nissan Leaf has a range of about 160km.

But what do you think? Is a double-diesel truck enormously hypocritical from Nissan, who is pushing to become a leader in alternative energy automotive solutions? Or is it simply responsible after-sales service?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below.