Nissan has unveiled the Re-Leaf, a fully electric emergency response vehicle concept. It is designed to provide mobile power supply following natural disasters or extreme weather events.
The working prototype is based on the Nissan Leaf, the world’s first mass-production electric vehicle.
CHARGED WITH A MISSION
The Nissan Re-Leaf features weatherproof plug sockets mounted on the exterior of the vehicle, which enable 110V to 230V devices to be powered from the car’s high-capacity lithium-ion battery.
The Re-Leaf can thus be driven into the centre of a disaster zone and provide a fully mobile power supply to aid rescue and recovery. The integrated energy management system can run medical, communications, lighting, and other life-supporting equipment.
Acting as a portable power supply, the latest generation Nissan Leaf e+ with a fully charged 62kWh battery can provide enough electricity to power the average UK household for around six days.
INTELLIGENT MOBILITY OVER VARIOUS TERRAIN
The Nissan Re-Leaf sports an amber colour scheme, nod to the ancient Greek word for amber: Electron – the origin of the word “electricity”.
This pairs with the blue scheme that reflects Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, referencing the concept’s connected abilities. A roof-mounted LED light bar also flashes to alert other road users to the vehicle’s approach.
To help the car navigate roads with obstructions or fallen debris, the Re-Leaf’s ride height has been raised by 70mm to a total of 225mm.
A custom “sump guard” also helps 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 Nissan Re-Leaf’s capabilities.
The rear seats have also been removed and the floor levelled to provide storage for essential equipment. A custom bulk-head cage also separates the front seats from the cargo area.
Once the Nissan Re-Leaf arrives at a disaster zone, a bespoke 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.
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