Nissan unveiled a 100% electric emergency response vehicle concept called the Re-Leaf which is designed to provide a mobile power supply following natural disasters or extreme weather. The Re-Leaf is a working prototype based on the Nissan LEAF passenger car, which is known for being the world’s first mass-production electric car.
The Re-Leaf features weatherproof plug sockets mounted directly to the exterior of the vehicle, which enable 110- to 230-volt devices to be powered from the car’s high-capacity lithium-ion battery. This means that in the event of a disaster, the vehicle would be able to power an electric jackhammer, ICU ventilator, or LED floodlights to assist emergency services.
The Re-Leaf is also able to safely navigate around damaged roads thanks to a raised ride-height, wider tracks, custom wheel arches, mud flaps, all-terrain tires, and underfloor protection.
Once the RE-LEAF arrives at a disaster zone, a bespoke pull-out desk extends from the trunk with a 32-inch LED screen and dedicated power supply creating an operational hub to run communications from and manage the recovery process.
According to Helen Perry, head of electric passenger cars and infrastructure for Nissan in Europe, “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.”
The Re-Leaf may just be a concept vehicle now, but Nissan is already demonstrating how technology could be used in the future. Nissan has used the LEAF to provide emergency power and transportation following natural disasters that occurred in Japan in 2011. The company has also formed partnerships with more than 60 local governments to support disaster relief efforts.
Take a look at the Re-Leaf in action below: