DanCar wrote:Is Nissan researching a gasoline based electricity generator? One that could be towed or possibly fit in storage compartment? I live in Phoenix but occasionally travel to Tucson. Would love to rent a generator for the longer trips.
Yes, the vehicle would have to be designed from the beginning to handle those issues. The "heavy" issue can be handled by the rental station using a crane. Athough I'm not sure it has to be that big. What if it only supplied an additional 5kW? That still would be helpful. Worst case is that you would have to drive at 50mph on the freeway. In cold climates the heat would be helpful. Anyways, the trailer idea seems better. Too bad GM didn't chose this option for the volt.KarenRei wrote:Fit in a storage compartment, don't count on it; generators that powerful are too big and heavy to just move in and out, and there's all sorts of noise, heat, and pollution issues.
I'd rather tow a generator then wait 30 minutes at a gas station. Also I can head down to Mexico if I wish, with out worrying if there are charging stations.JasonT wrote:I suspect Nissan is looking more towards a charging infrastructure ... I would imagine that there will be one or two charging stations somewhere between the two cities to let us "fill up" and be able to make the trip.
I think many people, like myself have a personal attachment to their car. The rental process is a pain including the visual inspection. I would think picking up a trailer would be easier, or even easier if a few neighbors shared one.LTLFTcomposite wrote:For a longer weekend trip wouldn't it be easier to just rent a regular car?
KarenRei wrote:5kW generators are still like 200lbs -- not the sort of thing you want to load in and out. And even if the Leaf used 250Wh/mi at 55mph, that would take almost 14kW to sustain.
evnow wrote:KarenRei wrote:5kW generators are still like 200lbs -- not the sort of thing you want to load in and out. And even if the Leaf used 250Wh/mi at 55mph, that would take almost 14kW to sustain.
I've wondered about this. To be sure, you would need a 20 to 25KVA generator. Nissan should provide a charger at the back.
How much is that Rav4EV trailer in terms of continuous kw ?