Nissan unveils a Leaf-based emergency response prototype
The new car provides a mobile power supply to zones that have sustained damage from national disasters.
Are you tired of being constantly humiliated by the fact that your country still uses Vauxhall Astras as police cars? Well it's good news, because Nissan has recently unveiled a prototype emergency response vehicle based on their Leaf EV!
Yes, I know that a Leaf - or as it's called an RE-Leaf - still sounds underwhelming, but this is a very special version of Leaf, because it uses bi-directional charging, which means that it can provide electricity to areas that have been hit by natural disasters or blackouts.
Nissan has gone to great lengths to modify this car and ensure that it has the abillity to carry out its function; the car rides 70mm higher than the standard version in order to allow it to access roads that have sustained damage from obstructions such as fallen debris and the rear seats have been removed to create an enlarged storage area.
Nissan's electric passenger cars boss Helen Perry has expressed satisfaction with the final product:
“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.”
I must admit, although we don't have events such as earthquakes or forest fires here in the UK, this car could really come in handy in flooded towns, and I would love to see how emergency services would actually use these cars to bring power back to places that have suffered such disasters.