The LEAF User's Manual states:
"• Only charge using a standard 110 - 120
volt, 15A dedicated electrical outlet
(For example do not use an electric
generator). Failure to do so may cause
charging to fail and could cause damage
to the Li-ion battery charging
equipment due to power surges.
• NISSAN recommends using genuine
NISSAN charging equipment to charge
the vehicle. Using non-NISSAN equipment
could cause the Li-ion battery to
not charge correctly and may damage
the Li-ion battery." (Page CH-12)
Is is possible, say in an emergency, to charge the car with a portable generator without damaging it? I was thinking it might be a good idea to throw a small generator (roughly 3000 W) and a can of gas in the back of the vehicle on a trip that I was not sure if I either had a recharge station available and/or ran out of power before I could get to one. It would take some time, but it may be quicker and less hassle than having to call a tow truck.
(also would be an interesting idea to tow a small trailer with a running generator as a range extender for long trips -- but for another topic)
The manual goes on to say:
"• Trickle charging is performed using an AC 110
- 120 volt, 15A dedicated electrical outlet using
the EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment)
provided with the vehicle.
• The genuine NISSAN EVSE (Electric Vehicle
Supply Equipment) charging equipment or
trickle charge cable performs a communication
function with the vehicle before Li-ion charging
starts. If this communication does not occur
because other equipment is used, the Li-ion
battery will not charge."
If the genuine NISSAN EVSE or trickle charge cable was used with to connect the LEAF to the generator, wouldn't the needed communication indeed occur? Doesn't both the 120 V wall plug-in as well as generator plug-in perform the same function; i.e. providing a source of electrical power for charging? Unless I have a really bad generator, wouldn't the condition of the supplied electrical power be the same?