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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Quote Originally Posted by baloo View Post
    I think it's a brilliant idea. You could have a pure EV as a daily driver and rent one of these from Avis for $30/day for a longer trip. That way you wouldn't have to spend thousands on an on-board range-extender that adds 600lb to the car.
    Exactly...

    Imagine if Nissan buys a load of these and stocks a few at each of their Leaf-selling dealerships for FREE loaning to Leaf owners going on roadtrips.

    You could reserve it in advance if you wanted to make sure you'd have one available, or simply wake up one morning, verify by phone if the local Nissan dealer still has trailers that day, and leave immediately with your gear packed in your Leaf for a little detour to pick up that trailer and you're on your way.

    (I assume you can safely charge while driving, otherwise yes it's pretty useless.)

    That way you save $8,000 ($11,000 in California) and get 100 electric miles instead of 40. The downside is that you have to start every >100 mile roadtrip with a detour by the local Nissan dealer. Probably worth it...

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    So what are the drive wheels on this trailer, exactly?
    RWD or FWD?
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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Quote Originally Posted by prowlerjc View Post
    Are the Tesla and Leaf even rated to tow a trailer?
    i don't think that matters on an EV because their is no transmission or any part of an engine to wear from over load. Plus instant torque.

    Also this will not weigh a lot. Probably no more than 2 or 3 people or else it wouldn't be efficient.
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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    So what are the drive wheels on this trailer, exactly?
    RWD or FWD?
    AWD quadrapositraction, with a flux capacitor to boot. Haha.

    Am I misunderstanding the question? How can something with only 2 tires parallel to each other be either?
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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    $15,000? 1220 pounds? Towing this thing would probably void the warranty on most electric cars (if it could tow it). I wouldn't be caught dead with one of those attached to my car.

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    So, 35k Leaf + 15k trailer is a better idea then getting a 41k Volt?
    Fantastic.

    I agree. Leaf + Trailer = Volt
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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    I don't get how this extends the range. How does adding a trailer that drives itself have any influence on the car itself? Shouldn't it end up going exactly as far as it would without the trailer? Unless the trailer pushes the car, this doesn't make sense to me.
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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Quote Originally Posted by fp115 View Post
    Chevrolet should take this picture and write:

    Leaf + Trailer = Volt


    Chevrolet should definitely buy the first one available.

    Maybe have 'Joe Isuzu' do the Leaf + trailer presentation part.





    Quote Originally Posted by BigAls87Z28 View Post
    So, 35k Leaf + 15k trailer is a better idea then getting a 41k Volt?

    Fantastic.

    I agree. Leaf + Trailer = Volt


    Plus all the rest - insurance, diesel fuel aging, parking x 3 etc etc

    That trailer cost covers about 75 - 85% of the Volt lease cost - depending where you're located.
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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    The trailer doesn't recharge the car's battery. Its wheels are powered and it pushes the car to help extend range by taking some of load off of the car's motor.

    What about an LS6 engined trailer for use with the Aveo so drivers can increase their power when they need too?

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    The generators puts out 25 kw, that works out to just a bit more than 33 HP. Considering that the trailer has a 28 HP electric motor it sounds as if most of the power goes to pushing the trailer. I wouldn't think much power would be left over to power the towing vehicle. Even if all of the power went to the towing vehicle 33 HP worth of electricity is not enough to adequately power a vehicle like the Leaf. I guess the concept is to somehow recharge the batteries while still driving on battery power, or perhaps when parked. The 35 KW generator could recharge a Leaf battery in a little over an hour.

    I don't know, it doesn't sound worth it to me, and at 15 grand, I think you are better off with a Volt.

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Quote Originally Posted by optiongm View Post
    So first I have to buy an overpriced EV then buy this $15K generator? FAIL, FAIL, and FAIL.
    +1

    Just buy a clean diesel in the first place then, and stick $10k in your pocket!!!

    Oh yeah, or just buy the VOLT. Tarded.
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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Quote Originally Posted by baloo View Post
    I think it's a brilliant idea. You could have a pure EV as a daily driver and rent one of these from Avis for $30/day for a longer trip. That way you wouldn't have to spend thousands on an on-board range-extender that adds 600lb to the car.
    If you are going to do that, why not just rent a whole gas-powered car at $30/day for those occasional long trips?

    IMO, the real problem with pure electrics isn't the occasional pre-planned long trip. The problem is the unexpected, unplanned emergency trip. Or the night out where you come back a bit too late/sleepy/drunk and forget to plug in the car. Or the trip to the mall on the way back from work only to find the item you wanted isn't available there but is available at another mall that may just be beyond the range of your remaining charge.
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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Quote Originally Posted by lkimura View Post
    The generators puts out 25 kw, that works out to just a bit more than 33 HP. Considering that the trailer has a 28 HP electric motor it sounds as if most of the power goes to pushing the trailer. I wouldn't think much power would be left over to power the towing vehicle. Even if all of the power went to the towing vehicle 33 HP worth of electricity is not enough to adequately power a vehicle like the Leaf. I guess the concept is to somehow recharge the batteries while still driving on battery power, or perhaps when parked. The 35 KW generator could recharge a Leaf battery in a little over an hour.

    I don't know, it doesn't sound worth it to me, and at 15 grand, I think you are better off with a Volt.
    When parked?

    You expect people to drive 100 miles, wait parked for over an hour, drive another 100 miles, wait parked for over an hour, etc.?

    This is DOA and completely useless if that 25 kW isn't usable to charge the car/keep it charged while you're driving it.

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    This is the most useless thing, I cannot even begin on describing the level of fail. Except to say a few of us guys in jest were suggesting this.

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Quote Originally Posted by BigAls87Z28 View Post
    So, 35k Leaf + 15k trailer is a better idea then getting a 41k Volt?
    Fantastic.

    I agree. Leaf + Trailer = Volt
    Actually, $33k Leaf + free trailer loan when needed might be a better idea than getting a $41k Volt, yes.

    (If you're going to buy it at $15k, then I agree, you're just completely crazy. Buy a Volt.)

    Of course, it depends on how well that trailer works, and also on Nissan's will to do it. They did say something about wanting to loan ICE-powered cars to Leaf owners for their roadtrips, so I guess they might go for this if it works well.

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