Video: Fast Charging a Nissan Leaf by Towing It

One of the common gripes against the Nissan Leaf is that it takes so long to charge the damn thing. But if you or someone you know has a wrecker, than a quick recharge is just a tow away.

Now we’ve already been warned about the dangers of using a conventional wrecker (i.e. not a flatbed) to tow an electric car. If the electric drive motor is left engaged during towing, but the car itself is off, the motor could possibly overheat, ruining the expensive electronics within. However, there are times when you just have to get a tow, and the only option available is a tow-behind wrecker…even though the Leaf’s owners manual specifically warns against it.

The video (which is in Dutch) is hosted by a man named Vincent, who needs to get home to his little girl’s birthday party in Amsterdam. So Vincent hooks the Leaf up to a natural gas-powered Toyota Tundra (awesomesauce) and proceeds to get dragged around. Vincent then goes on to discover that the Leaf charges rather quickly when he uses the brakes as being towed. In just ten minutes of towing, Vincent’s Leaf went from just 10 km of juice (about 6 miles) to over 76 km (about 48 miles.)

But all is not well, as Vincent starts driving again, and the estimated range drops from 76 km to just 52 in about 5km of actual driving. Then there is the potential for serious mechanical issues as our host/hero blatantly ignored the warnings in his handbook. In other words folks, don’t try this at home.

Source: YouTube

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.