Nissan RE-LEAF EV is Designed to Provide Power in an Emergency

by Shane McGlaun
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Nissan says in extreme weather or a natural disaster, power could be out for 24 to 48 hours on average. During that time, their custom RE-LEAF EV could be used as a mobile power station in emergencies. The RE-LEAF started life as a standard LEAF electric vehicle, though Nissan upgraded it with a lifted suspension, underfloor protection, and all-terrain tires to help it navigate safely over off-road debris.

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The car has weatherproof plug sockets mounted directly to its exterior that support 110 to 230-volt devices, allowing them to be powered directly from the electric vehicle’s battery. The RE-LEAF is also designed with a management system inside to enable it to run medical, communications, lighting, heating, and other life-supporting equipment.

The RE-LEAF features a 62-kilowatt-hour battery with enough electricity inside to power the average household for six days. The car can power multiple devices simultaneously, and has enough juice to provide significant runtimes for critical  devices:

  • Electric jackhammer – 24 hours – 36 kWh
  • Pressure ventilation fan – 24 hours – 21.6 kWh
  • 10-liter soup kettle – 24 hours – 9.6 kWh
  • Intensive care medical ventilator – 24 hours – 3 kWh
  • 100-watt LED floodlight – 24 hours – 2.4 kWh

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