Nissan calls this emergency response vehicle the Re-Leaf

A concept designed to illustrate the potential of EVs in disaster areas
by Vijay Pattni | Sep 30, 2020
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This is an electric concept car built by Nissan. It does not preview the next-generation GT-R, nor is it a nutjob 1,000hp+ hyper-thing. It is a prototype built to drive into the center of a disaster zone and provide emergency electrical assistance.

It’s called the Re-Leaf (get it?) and it’s been built to “demonstrate the potential of electric vehicles in disaster recovery.” In Japan, Leafs have been used to provide emergency power and transportation following natural disasters since 2011.

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So, it’s a friendly little mobile power station. Examples of the things it can power include an electric jack hammer, a pressure ventilation fan, an intensive care medical ventilator, and a 100-watt LED floodlight. Nissan also says a fully-charged 62kWh Leaf battery can power the average household for just under a week.

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You will notice it has benefitted from a few choice modifications. The ride height has been raised by 70mm and features a custom sump guard to help the little fella navigate obstructions or fallen debris on roads. It’s even got wider tracks, custom wheel arches, and 17-inch motorsport wheels, just like a weal wace car!

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Nissan has binned the rear seats in order to provide a better storage area for important equipment, and there’s a custom bulkhead separating this area from the front. And in the greatest unintentional nod to Pimp My Ride, a bespoke, pull-out desk with a 32in LED screen emerges from said storage area.

Helen Perry, Nissan Europe’s head of electric passenger cars and infrastructure, said: “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.”

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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