Nissan unveils the re-leaf emergency EV concept
Nissan has revealed a 100 per cent electric emergency response vehicle concept, designed to provide a mobile power supply following natural disasters or extreme weather events.
Called Re-Leaf, the working concept is based on the Nissan Leaf passenger car and Nissan says that through its integrated energy management system the Re-Leaf can run medical, communications, lighting and other life-supporting equipment.
To help the car navigate roads with obstructions or fallen debris, the Re-Leaf’s ride height has been raised by 70mm to 225mm with a custom ‘sump guard’ to protect the car’s floor pan. Wider tracks, custom wheel arches, mud flaps and all-terrain tyres on 17-inch motorsport wheels add to the capability.
The integrated energy management system can output the Re-Leaf battery’s power at up to 230v. There are three sockets – two weatherproof external connectors for easy access, and an internal domestic socket mounted in the boot.
The rear seats have been removed and the floor levelled to provide storage for essential equipment. A custom bulkhead cage also separates the front seats from the cargo area.
Once the Re-Leaf arrives at a disaster zone, a pull-out desk extends from the boot with a 32-inch LED screen and dedicated power supply creating an operational hub to run communications from and manage the recovery process.
Once power is restored, the Re-Leaf can be recharged using three charging profiles, even using domestic sockets if no EV infrastructure is available in the immediate vicinity.
The Re-Leaf can power multiple devices, including:
• Electric Jack Hammer – 24 hours – 36kWh
• Pressure Ventilation Fan – 24 hours – 21.6kWh
• Intensive Care Medical Ventilator –
24 hours – 3kWh
• 100-watt LED flood light – 24 hours – 2.4kWh
Nissan says it created the Re-Leaf to demonstrate the potential of EVs in disaster recovery and although it’s just a concept, the technology is already being used in the real world. In Japan, Nissan has used the Leaf to provide emergency power and transportation following natural disasters since 2011, and the company has formed partnerships with more than 60 local governments to support disaster relief efforts.
11 November 2020