Nissan EVs power Japan’s evacuation centers in response to natural disasters

Nissan and the town of Qinping have signed an agreement under which Nissan Leaf EVs, or electric vehicles, will be deployed to power evacuation centers during natural disasters in the area. Japan is frequently hit by natural disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes, and is located on a volcanic belt along the Pacific coast. In the past, some operations following natural disasters have been hampered by insufficient power supplies.

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February 17, 2023 at 12:49 am

FILE PHOTO: A charging cable is attached to the Nissan Leaf electric car at the Tokyo Motor Show. (Reuters)

Under the agreement between Nissan and the town of Qinping, the car company will deploy its Nissan Leaf electric vehicles to evacuation centers free of charge to help with various emergency procedures. Even in normal times, the electricity from the Leaf EV is used to light up several events being organized here.

The Nissan LEAF EV is one of the world’s first pure electric vehicles. The 2023 model has a claimed range of around 340 kilometers and offers two battery options – 40 kWh and 60 kWh. Recently, EVs have had to face some safety issues related to battery packs, with buyers being asked to park their vehicles in the open. Most recently, the company issued a recall for about 63,000 Leaf EVs manufactured between 2017 and 2022.

In terms of range and many features, the Nissan Leaf EV doesn’t start to look dated. This is especially true when taking on new opponents. But deploying EVs to power centers during emergencies could indeed prove to be a valuable asset in times of natural disaster.

First published date: Feb 17, 2023 at 12:49pm CST

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