Nissan has just revealed a very useful service for its popular electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf. The service allows the owner of Leaf to better gauge whether or not their battery has enough power left to get them to their destination. The service will be accessible through the internet and via a smartphone app as well.
Basically, you plug in a destination and it will tell you how much battery capacity will be used by traveling to your chosen destination based on what types of roads will be used, use of air conditioning, amount of hills, and distance traveled. Nissan has developed this system to help overcome range anxiety, or worrying about not being able to make it to your destination safely, which has been a major concern in the Electric Vehicle industry and has helped prevent the large scale adoption of electric vehicles. The smartphone app will be released in Japan this month and a US and European version of the app is currently in development. We will keep you updated on the status of the app as more info becomes available.