This fall, Nissan debuted a new concept car that’s built to handle natural disasters. The Nissan Re-Leaf is modeled after the Nissan Leaf EV, and comes with durable, weatherproof sockets attached to the exterior. With these, the Nissan Re-Leaf serves as an emergency power source that’s capable of charging 110-volt to 230-volt devices straight from its battery.
This feature is already available in Japan on the Nissan Leaf, and has proven helpful during emergencies. According to Nissan, a fully charged Leaf can run a medical ventilator or a flood light for at least 24 hours. The Nissan Leaf is an incredible EV option for practical, conscientious drivers. Its life-saving potential makes it all the more appealing.
In addition to its bi-directional charging, the Nissan Re-Leaf concept has an open cargo area with no back seats and a pull out desk with a 32-inch LED screen. This would allow it to serve as a mobile office or information center after a disaster. It also has 8.8 inches of ground clearance, all-terrain tires, an LED light bar, and fender flares, making it all the more capable.
Although there are no current plans to make the Re-Leaf for production, this concept car does serve to demonstrate the brand’s progressive direction. Bi-directional charging is proving to be of interest to many people who’d like to use vehicles for emergency power sources. The concept is called “vehicle-to-grid” or “V2G” technology, and will likely become increasingly available as more people upgrade to electric cars.
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