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Gas Station Staff Get Punk'd Electric Style With Nissan Leaf

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If there's one comment we see more than any other from drivers of electric cars, it's the one about driving past gas stations with a smile, knowing they aren't using a drop.

Maybe they'd get even more of a smile by driving in and filming the result--as that's exactly what Nissan has done during a sustainable development conference in Rio.

For those tasked with filling up your car with gas, an electric car proves a little tricky.

First, there's no filler cap on either side, which leaves them scratching their heads. Next, they discover a flap at the front... but with only charging points inside, where does the fuel nozzle go? Under the hood? In the trunk?...

Had they heard the car approach they might have figured out Nissan's intentions a little sooner, saving them the embarrassment. It's easy to assume the stunt may have been staged... but given the looks of pure puzzlement, we're not so sure.

Still, if you own a Leaf and you're a little bored one day, why not try it out yourself and let us know what happens!

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  1. Can't remember the last time I saw Full Service in the USA.
     
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  2. I guess you don't drive in Oregon where you can't pump your own gas...
     
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  3. New Jersey along with Oregon are the only states in the US where it is illegal to pump your own gas. I believe in some other areas stations do offer full service but it is rare.
     
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  4. You also will have to be careful in NJ as they always go to grab the Regular gas pump and if you have a Volt, you may end up getting a fill-up with Regular and not Premium. It'll work - but a bit lower mpg (it's more costly to use regular in a Volt based on the mpg you end up getting versus Premium).
     
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  5. Love when New Jerseyians come into PA and have to ask random strangers for help filling their car. I can't hold it against them though.
     
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  6. Certainly better than the Lyle Dennis version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7U3W7sDZxY#t=528s
     
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  7. I wouldn't want to try this, with my luck it would be funny until the person trying to put gas in my car just decides to aim for my charge port and squeeze. Then they get to laugh at me, and I have to make a service appointment to have the charge port cleaned out and then my mechanic gets to laugh at me for going to a gas station in an EV.
     
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  8. Someone on the gm-volt.com forum already got "punked" by someone who stuck chewing gum into a public charging station's EVSE. Must have been an angry Rush Limbaugh supporter.
     
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  9. I did this for real once with my MINI-E a couple years ago: http://minie250.blogspot.com/2010/04/i-had-to-do-it-at-least-once.html
     
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  10. Hah! That's excellent Tom, glad to see you had a bit of fun with it!
     
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