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I was nagged by my electric car

By Alan Science Editor, NBC News

could be worse than a robotic nagging for letting an car’s batteries run down too How about finding out that cell phone’s battery has run out at the time?


It’s just a thing that I was at the rendezvous for handing back my Nissan when the car started nagging me and when I found out that the was dead. If this happened by the of the road, I have a feeling it have been a long, night. As it was, all I had to do was walk the hotel lobby and ask the clerk to up my contact, Dave, who was waiting to my borrowed Leaf onto a truck.

When I started out tonight on my Leaf trip, the car calculated I had enough juice for 29 more Since the distance from my in Redmond, Wash. to the hotel in was 19 miles, there should been an ample cushion. Dave told me when I the car on Sunday afternoon that the seemed to shrink away once the Leaf dipped the 25-mile range.

I was prepared for a of range anxiety, the feeling you get you’re uncertain whether going to make it to your before the power runs

I made sure the car was in eco-mode boosted the estimated range to 31 I also turned off the climate-control kept the radio off and turned the glow of the dashboard. I was probably conservative than I needed to be: the stop-and-go, rush-hour traffic, the performed like a champ.

of all the power-saving measures, the car made it to with 20 miles remaining on the

My range anxiety eased, but I was curious what would if the batteries were run down So I drove beyond the rendezvous and went down a couple of to burn up the miles. At the 18-mile right on cue, two little warning icons lit up on the instrument and the range estimate started 18. 18.

17. 17. 16.

I still wasn’t quite I kept driving up and down the in front of the hotel. The numbers further. Finally, at the 8-mile a voice piped up: Very low

Would you like to search for a charging station? The same popped up on the display screen.

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I in a search, but there were no stations nearby: The screen showed the locations of outlets the car had previously been charged. messages followed, along the of battery level is low. or provide information because of low battery. Yeah, yeah, I know. (This posting on provides pictures showing the low-battery dashboard looks

More ominously, the range stopped showing numbers and blinking a series of dashes I have to say it was unnerving to miss out on the countdown I had been watching so over the previous hour. when I decided to call it and turn into the hotel lot.

Dave was glad I when I did. He needed power in reserve to drive the car the truck, and drive it off again in San the next stop on Nissan’s Electric Tour. That’s my Leaf will get a thorough and recharging.

The tour continues for another in California, Arizona and Texas. you’ll get a chance to drive my at one of the tour stops. And then

I asked Dave what would do with the cars the tour ends. They’ll ’em, he told me. It turns out because the cars are not standard models, they can never be to the public.

But don’t tell the car I can’t imagine what it say if it ever found out.

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