Nissan RE-LEAF brings power to the people

In Electric, Electric cars, Nissan, Short Cuts by Jonathan Humphrey

A powerful solution to assist in the aftermath of natural disasters and emergencies. Nissan has built a revolutionary rugged EV concept of the LEAF electric car.


A powerful solution to assist in the aftermath of natural disasters and emergencies. Nissan has built a revolutionary rugged EV concept of the LEAF electric car.

The RE-LEAF is used as a mobile battery supply to power onsite operations such as floodlighting, medical ventilators, electric jackhammers and pressure ventilation fans.

The RE-LEAF vehicle, based on the LEAF Tekna passenger car can deliver what’s needed when and where it’s needed.

The car has been modified with raised suspension and all-terrain tyres to make the going easier in debris-covered situations. Weatherproof plug sockets are mounted directly to the exterior enabling 110 to 230-volt devices to be powered from the car’s own high-capacity lithium-ion battery.

Natural disasters are the biggest cause of power cuts. Although this car is currently at concept stage, in Japan the technology is already being used in the real world following disasters since 2011. A need for emergency mobile power is almost always required as in most emergency situations power isn’t restored for 24-48hrs.

The Zero-emission RE-LEAF supports the three ‘REs’ of disaster preparedness

providing an emergency – Response– aiding the humanitarian Recovery – and improving community Resilience – for the future.

Already, Nissan has partnerships with over 60 local governments in Japan on EV use during and after natural disasters.

Nissan EVs can also be used as storage batteries to supply homes and society with electricity during non-emergency situations through Nissan Energy Share. A distributable energy model that can be used to help stabilize supply and demand. The car can act as a portable power station, a fully charged LEAF e+ with a 62 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery stores enough electricity to power the average UK household for around six days.

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Jonathan Humphrey

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