Nissan’s Leaf Redesigned To Be Disaster Superhero

Tue 29th Sep 2020

One of the UK’s most successful automotive exports has been reimagined as a powerful emergency vehicle, driving into the heart of disaster zones to provide essential power supplies.

The Nissan RE-LEAF is built on the same platform as the LEAF, which is built in Sunderland, and is one of the best-selling electric vehicles of all-time. But British engineers have redesigned the small family EV to be an expert in scenes of natural disaster and extreme weather. Nicknamed the RE-LEAF as it is designed to deal with with three REs of disaster preparedness - Response, Recovery and Resilience - the lifesaving car will drive into the heart of danger and with weatherproof plug sockets mounted directly to the exterior of the vehicle can help power devices from the powerful lithium-ion battery. It is hoped that the RE-LEAF could be used to provide support for any emergency operational hubs - though the ability to provide power in a disaster zone will have a multitude of uses.

“Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we’re constantly exploring ways that electric vehicles can enrich our lives, beyond just zero-emission transportation,” said Helen Perry, Nissan’s Head of Electric Passenger Cars.

“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.”