NISSAN reveals an electric emergency response vehicle concept that has been adapted to be a mobile power supply following natural disasters and extreme weather events.
The vehicle dubbed Re-Leaf is a working prototype based on the Leaf passenger car featuring modifications to help it navigate roads blocked by debris as well as weather-proof plug sockets to power 110- to 230-volt devices using the car’s battery.
Nissan has been using the Leaf to provide emergency power and transportation after natural disasters since 2011, which, when fully charged, the car’s 62kWh battery could charge the average UK household for six days, meaning there’s plenty of capacity to power equipment on-site.
Helen Perry, head of electric passenger cars and infrastructure for Nissan in Europe, said: “Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we’re constantly exploring ways that electric vehicles can enrich our lives, beyond just zero-emission transportation.
“Concepts like the Re-Leaf show the possible application of EVs in disaster management and demonstrate that smarter, cleaner technology can help save lives and provide greater resilience for the future.
“Electric vehicles are emerging as one of the technologies that can improve resilience in the power sector. By having thousands of EVs available on standby, either as disaster-support vehicles or plugged into the network through Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), they’re uniquely capable of creating a virtual power plant to maintain a supply of energy during a major outage.”
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